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Ceres and Vesta will make for interesting subjects. They are both evolved bodies - objects that have heated up and started to separate into distinct layers.
In the case of Vesta, telescopes have spied evidence for the eruption of lava (basalt) on its surface. "The goal is to acquire the first colour pictures of Vesta in early July," said Dr Nathues. "We will go into three different kinds of orbits and the last of these will be about 200km in height from the surface. The best resolution at that stage will be about 20m per pixel."
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by alfa1
That's pretty cool. I'm curious though as to how you would fly a spacecraft into the asteriod belt and not expect to get pummeled by rocks.
Hope it doesn't happen though, I want to see those pics too.
You come in from above or below the ring of asteroids.....