Vesta rotates below Dawn
Filed under pretty pictures, Dawn, asteroid 4 Vesta, animation
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.
NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / PSI
Original image data dated on or about June 20, 2011