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The Asteroid Vesta was captured by the Dawn spacecraft on July 17, 2011. The image was taken from a distance of about 9,500 miles away from the proto planet Vesta.

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Scientists stunned by surface of asteroid Vesta

NASA’s Dawn begins orbiting asteroid

The first close-up pictures of the massive asteroid Vesta reveal a northern hemisphere littered with craters — including a trio nicknamed “Snowman” — and a smoother southern half, researchers reported Monday.

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