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 (about 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. The image was digitally restored to yield an effective scale of six miles per pixel (picture element.
Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University), Peter Thomas (Cornell University), NASA/ESA
About the Image
NASA press release
|Release date:||4 September 1997, 22:00|
|Size:||177 x 149 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid|
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