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Vesta in natural color

Vesta in natural color

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NASA / JPL / MPS / DLR / IDA / Björn Jónsson

Vesta in natural color
Vesta is a colorful world; craters of a variety of ages make splashes of lighter and darker brown against its surface. This photo was processed from data acquired on July 24, 2011, from a distance of about 5200 kilometers, during the third "rotation characterization" observation by Dawn.

Read this blog entry for more information on the processing required to make this global view.

The view above is in natural color. The one below employs a wider range of wavelengths than the human eye can see, in order to emphasize color variations across the surface.

Original image data dated on or about July 24, 2011

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