A Map of Asteroid Vesta
Vesta is a huge rock 500 kilometers across that orbits out past Mars. In 1997,
the above map of Vesta created using the Hubble Space Telescope was released
showing a rugged surface highlighted by a single crater spanning nearly the entire
length of the asteroid. The large crater dominates the lower part of the above
false-color conglomerate image: blue indicates low terrain, while red indicates
raised terrain. Evidence indicates that Vesta underwent a tremendous splintering
collision about a billion years ago. In October 1960, a small chunk of this rock
believed to have originated on Vesta fell to Earth and was recovered in Australia.
Vesta is considered by some to be a candidate for reclassification into a planet.