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NASA's Dawn Captures First Photo of Approaching Asteroid Vesta

 
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NASA's Dawn Captures First Photo of Approaching Asteroid Vesta
First look at "Vesta" -- currently 117 million miles from Earth.

[link to www.nasa.gov]

"Dawn will start collecting science data in early August at an altitude of approximately 1,700 miles (2,700 kilometers) above the asteroid's surface. As the spacecraft gets closer, it will snap multi-angle images, allowing scientists to produce topographic maps. Dawn will later orbit at approximately 200 kilometers (120 miles) to perform other measurements and obtain closer shots of parts of the surface. Dawn will remain in orbit around Vesta for one year. After another long cruise phase, Dawn will arrive in 2015 at its second destination, Ceres, an even more massive body in the asteroid belt."





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