New NASA Dawn Visuals Show Vesta’s ‘Color Palette’ [NASA Press Release]

This image using color data obtained by the framing camera aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows Vesta's southern hemisphere in color, centered on the Rheasilvia formation. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA

News release: 2011-375                                                                      Dec. 5, 2011

New NASA Dawn Visuals Show Vesta’s ‘Color Palette’

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Vesta appears in a splendid rainbow-colored palette in new images obtained by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. The colors, assigned by scientists to show different rock or mineral types, reveal Vesta to be a world of many varied, well-separated layers and ingredients. Vesta is unique among asteroids visited by spacecraft to date in having such wide variation, supporting the notion that it is transitional between the terrestrial planets — like Earth, Mercury, Mars and Venus — and its asteroid siblings. Continue reading