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        A Visit to Asteroid Vesta | NASA Planetary Sciences

        Learn about Vesta, one of the largest asteroids in the solar system, in this interactive activity adapted from NASA. The Hubble Space Telescope provided the first images of Vesta and the Dawn mission was designed to collect more detailed data. Vesta's surface features (such as craters, cliffs, grooves, lineaments, bulges, and troughs) and other features (such as light and dark spots, uneven surface compositions, and gravity variations) help scientists learn about its history and evolution. DAWN's findings show that Vesta is a protoplanet with a differentiated interior. This resource is part of the NASA Planetary Sciences Collection.

        Adapted from "NASA's Journey Above Vesta" (NASA/JPL) and ScienceCasts: "Smallest Terrestrial planet" (NASA).

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