Asteroid Vesta Video By NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft Reveals Odd Dark Spots

By on Jun 15, 2011 in Amazing, Astronomy, Science Comments

NASA scientists working with its Dawn spacecraft has created a 20 images video of asteroid Vesta that revealed weird dark spots, according to a report at the NASA official website on June 13, 2011.

Dawn spacecraft approaches asteroid Vesta
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft approaches asteroid Vesta
Image Credit: NASA

Since May, the Dawn spacecraft has been capturing images of Vesta, reportedly the second-largest asteroid in the solar system. The Dawn spacecraft is expected to be in the orbit of Vesta on July 16, 2011.

The images shown on the video was taken by Dawn on June 1. Dawn took the images in a span of 30-minutes while about 300,000 miles (483,000 kilometers) away from Vesta. The images showed 10 percent of a full rotation and a 330-mile-wide (530-km) dark area in Vesta.

In a statement by Jian-Yang Li, a University of Maryland scientist working with Dawn, he said that the “shadowy spot is one of those — it appears to match a feature, known as ‘Feature B,’ from images of Vesta taken by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.”

NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is in charge of the Dawn mission to asteroid Vesta.

NASA is expected to release more images of asteroid Vesta on a weekly basis.

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