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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  • This view of the dark side of Vesta was taken from a distance of about 3,200 miles.

    NASA describes the instruments brought aboard Dawn:

    "In addition to the framing camera, Dawn's instruments include the gamma ray and neutron detector and the visible and infrared mapping spectrometer. The gamma ray and neutron detector uses 21 sensors with a very wide field of view to measure the energy of subatomic particles emitted by the elements in the upper yard (meter) of the asteroid's surface. The visible and infrared mapping spectrometer will measure the surface mineralogy of both Vesta and Dawn's next target, the dwarf planet Ceres."

    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

  • Here's an image of the south pole of Vesta.

    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

  • This set of three craters is in the northern hemisphere of Vesta. They've been nicknamed "Snowman."

    Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

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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