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marcus
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Sep20-11, 06:31 PM
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Flyaround video of Vesta as seen from low orbit by Dawn

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Wonder what the mineral value of Vesta is.
Are you kidding? the real prize is CERES which is twice the diameter and is estimated to have a water-ice outer mantle. Although in the asteroid belt, Ceres is classified as a (dwarf) planet.

As I expect you know, the Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to switch on its ion drive and spiral out from Vesta in about 12 months from now, so it can move over to Ceres.