Huge asteroid Vesta is actually an ancient protoplanet

New observations from a NASA spacecraft show that the huge asteroid Vesta is a battered protoplanet left over from the solar system’s early days, with a unique mix of characteristics unknown from any other space rock.

via space.com:

Global, colorized and hill-shaded digital terrain model of the ancient protoplanet Vesta, based on data gathered by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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