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News release ID: STScI-1997-27
Release Date: Sep 4, 1997
Image Use: Copyright
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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.

Asteroids, Observations, Solar System


Credit: Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University), Peter Thomas (Cornell University) and NASA