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The largest protoplanet in the asteroid belt, not big enough to be completely rounded and thus not a Dwarf Planet like Ceres. Brightest object in asteroid belt as seen from Earth. One of few asteroids to have a differentiated composition. Has basaltic lava flows on surface, very similar to that of Earth's Moon. Has a large crater that caused trenches to appear across its equator and only a partial rim due to its fast rotation. This impact over the south polar region could be responsible for the many members of the Vesta family in the solar system and the large amount of meteoroids that arrive at the Earth, where it is the source of 5% of its meteoroids. Orbits in inner asteroid belt, below the frost belt, and lacks water ice that further asteroids possess.

Vesta PlacesEdit

Vesta In The NewsEdit

Dawn Mission in the NewsEdit

Dawn Prepares For Launch (Apr-May 2007)Edit

Year of the Solar System (Feb 2011)Edit

See also Comet 103P/Hartley 2, Sun, Comet 9P/Tempel 1, Mercury, Vesta, Ceres, Jupiter, Moon

Dawn Wakes Up (Mar 2011)Edit

Dawn Reaches Approach Phase (Apr 2011)Edit

First Visual Contact (May 2011)Edit

Vesta Rotation Video (Jun 2011)Edit

Dawn on Final Approach to Vesta (Jun 2011)Edit

Earliest Decent Images (Jun 2011)Edit

Pre-Encounter Musings (Jul 2011)Edit

Also see Ceres

Will Search for Moons (Jul 2011)Edit

Vesta Orbit Approaching (Jul 2011)Edit

First Close Up Images (Jul 2011)Edit

Photoed as Vesta Rotates (Jul 2011)Edit

Vesta Orbital Insertion Achieved (Aug 2011)Edit

First Full Frame Image Revealed (Aug 2011)Edit

"Snowman" Triple Crater Imaged (Aug 2011)Edit

First Science Orbit Begun (Aug 2011)Edit

Large Crater Puzzle (Aug 2011)Edit

Giant crater only has wall for half its surface, probably due to Vesta's rapid rotation at time of crash. Troughs ring the equator of the body, unlike in any other.

Vesta Meteorite on Show at Ulster MuseumEdit

Vesta Becomes Visible to the Naked Eye (May 2007)Edit,0,4096477.story?coll=ny-health-print

Vesta FactoidsEdit

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