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[Boiler Plate]

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 Places[edit | edit source]

Vesta In The News[edit | edit source]

Dawn Mission in the News[edit | edit source]

Dawn Prepares For Launch (Apr-May 2007)[edit | edit source]

http://www.flatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070517/NEWS02/705170330/1007/news02 http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/generic/story.jsp?id=news/mar010507.xml&headline=Preparations%20Accelerate%20For%20Planetary%20Probes%20&channel=space http://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/news/releases/2007/release-20070410.html

Year of the Solar System (Feb 2011)[edit | edit source]

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


Dawn Wakes Up (Mar 2011)[edit | edit source]


Dawn Reaches Approach Phase (Apr 2011)[edit | edit source]

First Visual Contact (May 2011)[edit | edit source]

Vesta Rotation Video (Jun 2011)[edit | edit source]

Dawn on Final Approach to Vesta (Jun 2011)[edit | edit source]

Earliest Decent Images (Jun 2011)[edit | edit source]

Pre-Encounter Musings (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

Also see Ceres

Will Search for Moons (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

Vesta Orbit Approaching (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

First Close Up Images (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

Photoed as Vesta Rotates (Jul 2011)[edit | edit source]

Vesta Orbital Insertion Achieved (Aug 2011)[edit | edit source]

First Full Frame Image Revealed (Aug 2011)[edit | edit source]

"Snowman" Triple Crater Imaged (Aug 2011)[edit | edit source]

First Science Orbit Begun (Aug 2011)[edit | edit source]

Large Crater Puzzle (Aug 2011)[edit | edit source]

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 Museum[edit | edit source]

Vesta Becomes Visible to the Naked Eye (May 2007)[edit | edit source]

http://www.newsday.com/news/health/ny-hssky125209723may12,0,4096477.story?coll=ny-health-print

Vesta Factoids[edit | edit source]

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