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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

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.

NASA / JPL / UCLA / MPS / DLR / PSI

Original image data dated on or about June 20, 2011

 

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