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News release ID: STScI-1997-27
Release Date: Sep 4, 1997
Image Use: Copyright
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A NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the asteroid Vesta, taken in May 1996 when the asteroid was 110 million miles from Earth. The asymmetry of the asteroid and "nub" and the south pole is suggestive that it suffered a large impact event. The image was digitally restored to yield an effective scale of six miles per pixel (picture element).

Asteroids, Observations, Solar System


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