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

Voyagers in the Heliosheath: Artist’s Concept … And REALLY Cool!

This artist's concept shows NASA's two Voyager spacecraft exploring a turbulent region of space known as the heliosheath, the outer shell of the bubble of charged particles around our sun. After more than 33 years of travel, the two Voyager spacecraft will soon reach interstellar space, which is the space between stars.

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