Vesta shape model from high-altitude mapping orbit
Filed under pretty pictures, animation, global views, asteroids, asteroid 4 Vesta, Dawn
A simulated flyby of Vesta produced from a topographic model. The model is based on imaging performed during August 2011, when Dawn was in high-altitude mapping orbit. At the time, Vesta's north pole was in winter darkness, so the shape model does not quite reach into the northern polar regions.
NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA
Original image data dated on or about August 15, 2011