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Vesta rotates below Dawn

Vesta rotates below Dawn
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

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