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Dawn's first 'rotation characterization' of Vesta, July 4, 2011

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

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Dawn's first 'rotation characterization' of Vesta, July 4, 2011 On July 4, 2011, Dawn performed its first "rotation characterization" of Vesta, watching the asteroid rotate underneath it while taking photos through all color filters. Dawn saw all longitudes of the asteroid, so the images could be used to make the first well-resolved color global map of Vesta.

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA / color animation by Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about July 4, 2011.

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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: Emily Lakdawalla


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