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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Dark and bright material in a crater wall

Filed under asteroid 4 Vesta, pretty pictures, asteroids, Dawn

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Dark and bright material in a crater wall This Dawn image of Vesta shows part of a large crater that has an irregularly shaped, fresh rim. This crater is also distinctive because it has many outcrops of dark and bright material originating from its rim and from the interior slope of the crater. This bright and dark material then slumps down towards the center of the crater along the crater walls. These slumps of dark and bright material extend for up to 4 kilometers. The interior sides of this crater are dominated by the dark and bright material and have a mottled appearance. In contrast, the floor of this crater is more uniform in brightness and looks much less mottled. This image is located a few degrees south of the vestan equator and was obtained on January 24, 2012. The image has a resolution of about 25 meters per pixel and was acquired during the LAMO (low-altitude mapping orbit) phase of the mission.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA

Original image data dated on or about January 24, 2012.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


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