Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dawn Reveals Full Rotation of Vesta

NASA's Dawn mission team has released a close-up video of the Vesta asteroid in full rotation.

The Vesta is the second-largest asteroid in the main asteroid belt, which is located between Mars and Jupiter.

The Dawn spacecraft put itself into the Vesta's orbit last month to conduct a year-long study of the 330-mile-wide asteroid.

"We're finally in orbit around Vesta. And it's everything we hoped it would be,' said mission science chief Christopher Russell of UCLA in USA Today. 'It's really a most exciting small world sitting out in the asteroid belt."