Thursday, June 23, 2011

NASA's DAWN spacecraft is approaching Vesta, the second most massive object in the asteroid belt.  It is now about 200,000 km out, and the view is getting very interesting.  Here is a stack of several frames taken on June 20, 2011, and released as part of an approach movie on June 23, 2011.

Data Courtesy approach sequence/movie released by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/PSI.    Much thanks to Emily Lakdawalla of the Planetary Society for breaking up the individual images in the movie.  Processed Image Copyright Ted Stryk