The surface of asteroid Vesta, imaged by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft from an altitude of about 2400 kilometres, gives dramatic insights into the geology of this celestial body. Abundant impact craters reveal the violent youth experienced by the asteroid. By counting craters on distinct geological surface units scientists can deduce the relative ages of the asteroid’s surface. 3D vistas offer an opportunity to learn more about the morphology of craters on asteroids and the physical properties of the target material on Vesta’s surface.
Use red-cyan (red-blue, or red-green) glasses to view the surface in three-dimensions. Image resolution is about 250 metres per pixel.