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.
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.
NASA scientists have spotted long, narrow gullies on the giant asteroid Vesta that they say may have been carved out by liquid water.
The highly-patterned surface of the giant asteroid Vesta is caused by a long history of strikes from hundreds of other, smaller asteroids.
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.
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.
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 has departed the giant asteroid Vesta, setting sail
for a two-and-a-half-year journey to the dwarf planet Ceres.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft remains on track to become the first probe to orbit and study two distant solar system locations.
The asteroid Vesta is more like a planet or a moon, new data from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows.
Scientists studying images of the giant asteroid Vesta are working to explain the existence of a number of bright spots.
NASA's Dawn spacecraft has successfully maneuvered into its closest orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta.
NASA's Dawn probe is beginning the first of four science orbits, and has sent back its first close-up images.
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.