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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 color-encoded elevation map of Vesta clearly shows the giant 285- mile diameter impact basin and "bull's-eye" central peak. The map was constructed from 78 Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 pictures. Surface topography was estimated by noting irregularities along the limb and at the terminator (day/night boundary) where shadows are enhanced by the low Sun angle.
Last Update: 1 September 2019
3-Dec-2021 18:40 UT

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