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Dawn on Vesta

New image from NASA asteroid mission

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6:28pm, July 18, 2011

The first close-up image of a main-belt asteroid reveals a rocky world that sports a cratered surface, parallel grooves and jagged ridges. The photograph of Vesta was taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, which slipped into orbit around the second largest main-belt asteroid early in the morning of July 16 EDT.

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