Vesta asteroid, satellite image

Vesta asteroid, satellite image

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Caption: Vesta asteroid. Satellite image showing craters in the south equatorial region of the asteroid Vesta (4 Vesta). Vesta orbits the Sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter at an average distance of 353 million kilometres. It is the second largest asteroid, having a diameter of about 538 kilometres. Under favourable conditions, it is the only asteroid visible to the naked eye. Image obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, in July 2011.

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