Crater on Asteroid Vesta

A color-encoded elevation map of Vesta clearly shows the giant 285- mile diameter impact basin and 'bull's-eye' central peak. The map was constructed from 78 Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 pictures. Surface topography was estimated by noting irregularities along the limb and at the terminator (day/night boundary) where shadows are enhanced by the low Sun angle.


Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University), Peter Thomas (Cornell University), NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:4 September 1997, 22:00
Size:500 x 500 px

About the Object

Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:Solar System

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