Post contributed by Jennifer Scully, Dept. of Earth, Planetary & Space Sciences, University of California Los Angeles
Vesta is the second most massive asteroid in the asteroid belt, with a mean diameter of 526 km (e.g. Russell et al., 2012). High resolution images from the Dawn Mission have detected curvilinear and linera gully forms and lobate deposits in craters and on steep slopes on its surface (Scully et al., 2015).
Image 1: (a) Fonteia crater, which contains linear gullies. (b) Unmapped version and (c) mapped version of linear gullies. White arrows highlight an example linear gully in (b).
Posted by megafloods2013 on January 30, 2015
Posted by Dr. Hirdy Miyamoto,
(Re-posted from IAG Image of the Month, November 2007)
In November 2005, the Hayabusa spacecraft performed touchdown rehearsals, imaging navigation tests, and two touchdowns on Itokawa, which is by far the smallest asteroid ever studied at high resolution.
Image courtesy ISAS/JAXA and University of Tokyo
Posted by megafloods2013 on August 8, 2013
Posted by Hirdy Miyamoto, University of Tokyo, Japan.
(Re-posted from IAG Image of the Month, August, 2007)
This image of asteroid 25143 Itokawa, photographed by the Japanese Hayabusa spacecraft during a two-month encounter, September-December, 2005, is suggestive of the “rubble-pile” conception of asteroid formation and structure.
Asteroid 25143 Itokawa. Image courtesy ISAS/JAXA Japanese space agency.
Posted by megafloods2013 on July 19, 2013