A Full View of Vesta

Vesta_fullThis mosaic was assembled from some of the best views the Dawn spacecraft had of the giant asteroid Vesta. A mountain near the south pole which is more than twice the height of Mount Everest is visible at the bottom of the picture. The set of three craters known as “The Snowman” can be seen at the top left.

Dawn was in orbit around the asteroid Vesta in 2011 and 2012 but is now moving on to the dwarf planet Ceres. Ceres was once just an asteroid, but when the definition of planet was rewritten a few yeas ago, Pluto was demoted and Ceres promoted to dwarf planet status.

Image Credit: NASA

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