Standing on Asteroid Vesta
The image was created using a 3D model of the surface terrain. The surface terrain was processed using images captured by the Dawn space probe. Once the surface tin was created, the images were draped over to create a realistic representation of the surface. The model was created from approximately 40 images, and the final photo was compiled with a starry background for a real-life affect. The intent was to feel like you were standing on Vesta and looking down one of the 15km wide canyons, that lie along the asteroid's "stretch-marked" surface.
Original image data dated on or about September 1, 2012.
This image is in the public domain.