Research report 2013 - Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Exploration of the asteroid 4 Vesta
Nathues, Andreas; Christensen, Ulrich R.
Planeten und Kometen
SummaryThe exploration of the conditions that have prevailed in the early Solar System is the goal of NASA’s Dawn mission , for which MPS provided two cameras (“Framing Cameras“) . The Dawn mission explored the asteroid 4 Vesta from different orbits for a period of one year, and is now approaching asteroid 1 Ceres. The Vesta mission phase led to a series of discoveries as, for example, the proof of an iron core, the widespread occurrence of dark material on the otherwise bright surface, as well as a variety of distinctive surface structures that point to a turbulent past of Vesta.