I don't recall seeing this on ATS recently. Forgive me if it has been posted before, but at the end of the day all members don't all see things at
the same time and we all live on different time zones.
But I found this video pretty fascinating.....
This video of the asteroid Vesta shows a shape model produced using high-altitude mapping by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from about 1,700 miles (2,700
The image collection was captured by Dawn's framing camera to better understand the massive rock's surface and the processes that shaped the second
largest object in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
A noticeable feature is the giant round depression at Vesta's south pole, originally seen by the Hubble Space Telescope. It is several hundred miles
across with cliffs several miles high, including a central mountain that reaches up to about 9 miles (15 kilometers). This is one of the highest
elevations on known solid objects in our solar system.
Vesta is named after the Roman goddess of home and hearth.
The asteroid's prime meridian, or zero-longitude, was pinpointed using a small crater called Claudia, christened after a Roman woman from the second
As Dawn locates more new features, craters will be named after the goddess Vesta's priestesses—the vestal virgins—and famous Roman women. Other
structures will receive names of Roman towns and festivals.
The styrations on the surface remind me of phobos somewhat, and even our own luna has these lines on it.....
I can only surmise they are from glancing strikes of other objects maybe.........
Its amazing to seee this from 1700 miles out....
i hope there will be closer views later.
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