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Science Bulletins: Vesta—A New Look at an Ancient Asteroid

Vesta, the second-largest object in the asteroid belt, is bright enough to be seen from Earth without a telescope. Now, thanks to NASA's Dawn spacecraft, scientists can take a much closer look at Vesta. As Dawn orbits Vesta at low altitude, it captures high-resolution images of the asteroid's surface. Vesta's scarred, cratered landscape is marked by deposits of bright and dark minerals, which appear most frequently at impact sites. Other observations identify Vesta as compositionally similar to terrestrial planets like Earth and Mars. Scientists are eager to study the asteroid's structure to learn more about how Vesta and other planetlike objects formed during the earliest days of the solar system. Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology (NCSLET), part of the Department of Education at the American Museum of Natural History. Find out more about Science Bulletins at http://www.amnh.org/sciencebulletins/. Related Links Dawn: Journey to the Asteroid Belt http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/main/index.html Dawn: A Journey to the Beginning of the Solar System http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov Near Earth Object Program http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/ Asteroid Watch http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch/
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