Taking a virtual tour of the Vesta asteroid

An atlas of the asteroid, Vesta, created from images taken during the Dawn Mission’s Low Altitude Mapping Orbit (LAMO), is now accessible for the public to explore online. The set of maps has been created from mosaics of 10 000 images from Dawn’s framing camera (FC) instrument, taken at an average altitude of about 210 kilometres.

Vesta's black patches reveal carbon-rich asteroid impacts

New data from NASA's Dawn mission bears out the theory that the dark color of the protoplanet Vesta is caused by the impact of carbon-rich asteroids.

Gullies on Vesta may be sign of flowing water

NASA scientists have spotted long, narrow gullies on the giant asteroid Vesta that they say may have been carved out by liquid water.

Vesta shows new type of weathering

The highly-patterned surface of the giant asteroid Vesta is caused by a long history of strikes from hundreds of other, smaller asteroids.

Vesta 'stretch marks' suggest it's a stunted planet

Enormous troughs that encircle the asteroid Vesta may be faults that formed when another asteroid smacked into its south pole, and indicate that it has the same type of interior as a planet.

Video: Hydrated minerals spotted on giant asteroid



Recent images snapped by NASA's Dawn spacecraft confirm that volatile, or easily evaporated materials, have colored Vesta's surface in a broad swath around its equator.

Signs of water found on giant asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has discovered evidence of water on the surface of the asteroid Vesta - but not much of it.

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is on its way to Ceres



NASA's Dawn spacecraft has departed the giant asteroid Vesta, setting sail 
for a two-and-a-half-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres.


NASA's Dawn prepares to set sail for Ceres


NASA's Dawn spacecraft remains on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system locations.



Vesta asteroid is ancient protoplanet

The asteroid Vesta is more like a planet or a moon, new data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows.

Dawn probe spots unusual features on giant asteroid

Scientists studying images of the giant asteroid Vesta are working to explain the existence of a number of bright spots.

NASA gets up close and personal with Vesta asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has successfully maneuvered into its closest orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. 



Dawn probe sends back images of asteroid

NASA's Dawn probe is beginning the first of four science orbits, and has sent back its first close-up images.

Dawn spacecraft to reach giant asteroid today

Today, after a four-year journey, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will go into orbit around the asteroid Vesta, where it will stay and make observations for a year.