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September 4, 1997 04:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1997-27

Hubble Reveals Huge Crater on the Surface of the Asteroid Vesta

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Image: Vesta

Vesta

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This topographic map of Vesta's surface, based on Hubble Space Telescope observations, is color coded to reveal altitude variations above a mean surface level. The southern pole is dominated by a depression (blue) which is a large impact feature.

Object Name: Vesta

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

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

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