Tuesday, October 11, 2011

NASA Dawn: Vesta's south pole mountain

This image provided by NASA shows a Dawn spacecraft view of a mountain three times as high as Mt Everest, amidst the topography in the south polar region of the giant asteroid Vesta.

The peak of Vesta's south pole mountain, seen in the centre of the image, rises about 13 miles (22 kilometres) above the average height of the surrounding terrain.

Another impressive structure is a large cliff with a steep slope, on the right side of this image, and the Dawn team's scientists believe features around its base are probably the result of landslides.

Picture: NASA/AP

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