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NASA's Dawn Defines Vesta's Role in Solar System History

During a NASA Television Science briefing, scientists discussed the findings of the first global analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta by NASA's Dawn spacecraft. The Dawn mission has confirmed Vesta's status as a special fossil of the early solar system and revealed a more varied, diverse world than originally thought. Dawn has shown Vesta is the only known intact, layered planetary building block with an iron core surviving from the earliest days of the solar system. It therefore more closely resembles a small planet or Earth's moon, not another asteroid.
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