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Animation: Asteroid Vesta in 3D - seemingly close enough to touch
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.
30. November 2011


For this 3D film, researchers at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research used imagery acquired by the German camera system on board NASA's Dawn spacecraft from a distance of about 2700 kilometres above the asteroid's surface. Viewed through red-green glasses, the asteroid’s surface appears in 3D, pock-marked with countless craters. The journey takes visitors to the equatorial region, then the 'Snowman' craters, followed by one of the highest mountains in the Solar System.