Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

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.

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  • Here's what the Dawn spacecraft must look like with its solar panels fully extended as it orbits Vesta.

  • Dawn's next target will be the dwarf planet Ceres - seen here through the Hubble.

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  • "Dark side"

    I'm thinking Vesta no more has a "dark side" than the Moon does. Vesta is a rotating body.
    mistercatworks@...
    • Re: "Dark Side"

      @mistercatworks@...
      Whats with this "dark side"reference? Citation, please.

      Ah but then perhaps you're on acid and listening to Pink Floyd, like I did 40 years ago?
      PercySludge
      • Re: "Dark Side"

        @PercySludge

        I don't think one has to be on acid to listen / feel the music of Pink Floyd - the greatest music talent(s) of all time - according to me that is!
        fo128
  • RE: Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

    The (one) color picture, taken with The Hubble, makes it look like there are 'oceans' there! Something that would be REALLY cool but I highly doubt. . .
    MisterRandal
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    FourLeaf1
    • RE: Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

      @FourLeaf1 What a random bunch of crap!
      ArnoldZiffle
  • Look, ma, we visited a rock.

    nt
    fr_gough
  • This is nothin' but a scam

    ... it's obviously a photoshopped image of swiss cheese.

    :)
    rock06r
  • RE: Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

    "This is what Vesta looks like from Earth courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope." Ah, isn't the Hubble Space Telescope in space?
    Mathman47
    • It's in orbit around Earth

      nt
      Federico Churca-Torrusio
  • RE: Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

    Wonder how the heck it got grooves.
    vulcan666
  • RE: Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

    "After traveling 1.7 billion miles over four years."

    I'm sorry but I could almost choke up when I read this and think about the Wright Brothers just getting airborne about a hundred years ago.
    Orkan
  • RE: Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

    After travelling 1.7 BILLION miles for 4 years, they are now 114 million miles from Earth

    LOL
    OutOfBoxExperience
    • RE: Gallery: NASA releases outofbox LOL

      @OutOfBoxExperience <br>LOL?<br>I don't get it. What's the joke?<br>Perhaps <a href="http://www.universetoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/DawnfulltrajMay112011.jpg"><b>THIS </b></a> might explain to you the distance travelled.
      PercySludge
      • RE: Gallery: NASA releases first closeups of asteroid

        @PercySludge
        You mean the Road Runner didn't use his slingshot so Dawn could travel as the crow flies? Why not, it works on TV ;)
        LOL
        mschauber