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2012-03-06 11:16:38

Since last July, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting the asteroid Vesta, and capturing images and other data that are providing surprising results to the delight and amazement of researchers. Dawn's mission is to help reveal the processes and conditions that marked the first few million years – the dawn – of the solar system; and the information the spacecraft has collected about Vesta is changing the way scientists think about the formation of our early universe. Born...

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2011-12-31 09:08:18

When NASA's Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around giant asteroid Vesta in July, scientists fully expected the probe to reveal some surprising sights. But no one expected a 13-mile high mountain, two and a half times higher than Mount Everest, to be one of them. The existence of this towering peak could solve a longstanding mystery: How did so many pieces of Vesta end up right here on our own planet? For many years, researchers have been collecting Vesta meteorites from "fall sites"...

Dawn Provides New 3D Views Of Asteroid Vest
2011-12-02 10:31:47

[ Watch the Video ] Glide over the giant asteroid Vesta with NASA's Dawn spacecraft in a new 3-D video.  Dawn has been orbiting Vesta since July 15, obtaining high-resolution images of its bumpy, cratered surface and making other scientific measurements. The new video is best viewed with red-blue glasses, and incorporates images from Dawn's framing camera from July to August 2011. It was created by Dawn team member Ralf Jaumann of the German Aerospace Center (DLR). The images...

Image 1 - Dawn Finds Vesta's Mountains, Rough Surface, And Old-young Dichotomy In Hemispheres
2011-10-03 11:44:30

NASA´s Dawn mission, which has been orbiting Vesta since mid-July, has revealed that the asteroid´s southern hemisphere boasts one of the largest mountains in the Solar System. Other results show that Vesta´s surface, viewed at different wavelengths, has striking diversity in its composition particularly around craters.  The surface appears to be much rougher than most asteroids in the main asteroid belt.  Preliminary results from crater age dates indicate that areas...

Image 1 - Dawn's Bounty Of Beauty From Vesta
2011-09-18 04:52:11

  [ Video 1 ] [ Video 2 ] A new video from NASA's Dawn spacecraft takes us on a flyover journey above the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. The data obtained by Dawn's framing camera, used to produce the visualizations, will help scientists determine the processes that formed Vesta's striking features. It will also help Dawn mission fans all over the world visualize this mysterious world, which is the second most massive object in the main asteroid belt. You'll notice in...

2011-08-01 11:00:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial orbit of the rocky world Vesta begins Aug. 11, at an altitude of nearly 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) and will provide in-depth analysis of the asteroid. Vesta is the brightest object in the asteroid belt as seen from Earth and is thought to be the source of a large number of...

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2011-08-01 11:15:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the first ever to orbit an object in the main asteroid belt, is spiraling towards its first of four intensive science orbits. That initial orbit of the rocky world Vesta begins Aug. 11, at an altitude of nearly 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) and will provide in-depth analysis of the asteroid. Vesta is the brightest object in the asteroid belt as seen from Earth and is thought to be the source of a large number of meteorites that fall to Earth. The Dawn team has now...

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2011-07-29 06:10:00

Dawn took this image over Vesta's northern hemisphere after the spacecraft completed its first passage over the dark side of the giant asteroid. It is northern hemisphere winter on Vesta now, so its north pole is in deep shadow. The Dawn science team is working to determine the significance of the distinct features in this image, which include large grooves or ridges extending for great distances around Vesta. This image was taken by Dawn's framing camera on July 23, from a distance of 3,200...

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2011-07-18 14:50:00

NASA's Dawn spacecraft returned the first close-up image of the asteroid Vesta on Sunday. The space agency said its spacecraft became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter on Friday, July 15. NASA said the image shows Vesta in greater detail than ever before.  Vesta is 330 miles in diameter and the second most massive object in the asteroid belt. Dawn entered the asteroid's orbit within about 9,900 miles between the...

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2011-07-14 14:55:00

NASA said its Dawn probe should go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta on Friday. The satellite will spend a year at the asteroid before moving on to the "dwarf planet" Ceres. NASA said Dawn's encounter is taking place at about 117 million miles from Earth. Engineers believe the spacecraft will be captured into orbit around the asteroid on Friday and will get confirmation from Dawn on Saturday. NASA said there will be about 9,900 miles between Vesta and Dawn once the spacecraft enters...


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