Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid Summary: NASA's Dawn spacecraft is settling into orbit around the asteroid Vesta - more than 114 million miles from Earth. By Andy Smith | August 1, 2011 -- 10:52 GMT (03:52 PDT) Previous | Next Image 11 of 15 This should give you an indication of the size of the Dawn spacecraft as scientists prepared it for launch. Topic: Nasa / Space Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.