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Crater on Asteroid Vesta

Crater on Asteroid Vesta


Depicts: Vesta
Copyright: Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University), Peter Thomas (Cornell University), NASA

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the asteroid Vesta, taken in May 1996 when the asteroid was 110 million miles from Earth.

The asymmetry of the asteroid and "nub" and the south pole is suggestive that it suffered a large impact event. The image was digitally restored to yield an effective scale of six miles per pixel (picture element.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
3-Dec-2021 19:57 UT

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