Dawn’s first low altitude images of Vesta

Circling in

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has spiraled closer and closer to the surface of the giant asteroid Vesta. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA)

At this detailed resolution, the surface shows abundant small craters, and textures such as small grooves and lineaments that are reminiscent of the structures seen in low-resolution data from the higher-altitude orbits. Also, this fine scale highlights small outcrops of bright and dark material.

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