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Surface of Asteroid Vesta

Surface of Asteroid Vesta

Depicts: Vesta
Copyright: Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University) and NASA

Surface Brightness Map of Vesta - This map shows that, unlike most asteroids, Vesta's surface is significantly varied with a dark hemisphere and a light hemisphere.

The surface markings may represent ancient igneous activity such as lava flows and, in addition, regions where major impacts have stripped away the crust revealing mantle material below the crust.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
1-Mar-2024 05:22 UT

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