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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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A false-color topographic map, projected onto a model having Vesta's elliptical shape. A circular impact crater, with central peak, clearly dominates the southern hemisphere. The model has bee rotated at 90 degree intervals. The map is based on photo-analysis of Hubble Space Telescope images.

Object Name: Vesta

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

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

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