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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Aelia crater, Vesta

Filed under asteroid 4 Vesta, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, asteroids, Dawn

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Aelia crater, Vesta Aelia is a 4.3-kilometer-diameter crater 14 degrees south of Vesta's equator that shows intriguing variety in the albedo of its ejecta. Streaks of ejecta radiate in all directions, including down the slope of the adjacent Rufillia crater, which is 15.8 kilometers across. This photo is a mosaic of two images taken during the Low Altitude Mapping Orbit phase of Dawn's mission on January 10 and April 30, 2012, colorized with data taken during the High Altitude Mapping Orbit phase on on October 4, 2011.

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA / Björn Jónsson

Here is the HAMO image:

Aelia crater, Vesta (HAMO color image)

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA / Björn Jónsson

Aelia crater, Vesta (HAMO color image)
An approximately-true color view of Aelia crater, Vesta, obtained by Dawn on October 4, 2011.

And here is a detail on the crater:

Aelia crater, Vesta (detail)

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA / Björn Jónsson

Aelia crater, Vesta (detail)

Original image data dated on or about April 30, 2012.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Björn Jónsson


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