Topics » Science & Technology   Dec. 15, 2011

Asteroid Vesta Revealed

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south pole

This is asteroid Vesta's south pole. Scientists are researching whether the circular structure that covers part of this image resulted from a collision with another asteroid, or from internal processes from the asteroid's early history. High-resolutions images taken from a lower orbit may help answer that question.

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