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Vesta rotates below Dawn

Vesta rotates below Dawn

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Vesta rotates below Dawn
As Dawn continued its approach to Vesta on June 20, 2011, it occasionally quit thrusting and turned to the spinning asteroid to perform a "rotation characterization," seeing all longitudes as Vesta rotated beneath the spacecraft.

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Original image data dated on or about June 20, 2011

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