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Dawn beams new images of asteroid

2011-12-22 11:00

Los Angeles - Nasa's Dawn spacecraft is sending back the most close-up images of the asteroid Vesta since it slipped into orbit around the giant space rock last summer.

The space agency released detailed pictures on Wednesday showing numerous small impact craters and grooves. The pictures were taken from an average altitude of 209km above the surface.

Dawn will spend the next 10 weeks at that altitude before moving higher again.

Dawn is powered by ion propulsion instead of rocket fuel. It began orbiting Vesta in July after a 1.7 billion-mile cruise.

After studying Vesta, Dawn will fly to an even bigger asteroid, Ceres, where it will arrive in 2015.

Comments
  • Hallo - 2011-12-22 11:33

    Thanks for the pics or links.

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-22 11:51

    no pics no links ???????? how do some of these writers get the job?

      StirMonger - 2011-12-22 18:36

      They know people in low places.

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-22 12:00

    Just love the pictures!

  • DiamondDirk - 2011-12-22 12:04

    Knock, knock.......where is the damn pictures guys?

      DiamondDirk - 2011-12-22 12:06

      http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/dawn/main/index.html

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-22 13:10

    Thanks DiamondDirk - do you work for news24 if not I am sure they can do with your contributions.

      raath - 2011-12-23 08:29

      No, DiamondDirk as information, so he definitely doesn't work for News24 hehehe :p

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