Crater on Asteroid Vesta

A NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the asteroid Vesta, taken in May 1996 when the asteroid was 110 million miles (177 million kilometres) from Earth. The asymmetry of the asteroid and 'nub' and the south pole is suggestive that it suffered a large impact event.

Credit:

Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University), Peter Thomas (Cornell University), NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo9727a
Type:Collage
Release date:4 September 1997, 22:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:Vesta
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
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