September 30, 2013

Asteroid Vesta Visited By NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has provided a more detailed picture of the asteroid Vesta, the second largest in the asteroid belt, which scientists now say backs up the Hubble Telescope’s findings about the rock. But Dawn has stepped in to answer questions Hubble couldn’t like what minerals make up the asteroid’s surface and why they seem to change color. But NASA says most important is the fact that though information from Hubble was not as advanced as Dawn’s, the findings do align…which proves the accuracy of the Hubble Telescope. Dawn is moving on to the dwarf planet Ceres because, as NASA said, most things are much more interesting close-up!

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