NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has left the building, well at least Vesta’s orbit. But before leaving, Dawn took some last images of Vesta. NASA has release a composite image of Vesta that were never seen before Dawn’s year long visit that began in July 2011.
“Dawn has peeled back the veil on some of the mysteries surrounding Vesta, but we’re still working hard on more analysis,” said Christopher Russell, Dawn’s principal investigator. “So while Vesta is now out of sight, it will not be out of mind.”
These are the last images, currently planned, while Dawn travels to its second destination, the dwarf planet Ceres. As previously reported in this blog, Dawn left Vesta on Sept. 4.
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