Crater on Asteroid Vesta

A 3-D computer model of the asteroid Vesta synthesized from Hubble topographic data. The crater's 8-mile high central peak can clearly be seen near the pole. The surface texture on the model is artificial, and is not representative of the true brightness variations on the asteroid.

Elevation features have not been exaggerated.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:4 September 1997, 22:00
Size:459 x 357 px

About the Object

Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:Solar System

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