Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Slashdot videos: Now with more Slashdot!

  • View

  • Discuss

  • Share

We've improved Slashdot's video section; now you can view our video interviews, product close-ups and site visits with all the usual Slashdot options to comment, share, etc. No more walled garden! It's a work in progress -- we hope you'll check it out (Learn more about the recent updates).

×
NASA

Dawn Takes First Pictures of Vesta From Orbit 54

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the sightings-of-minbari-cruisers-unconfirmed dept.
thebchuckster writes with a photo gallery in International Business Times. From the article "NASA's Dawn, locked in orbit around Vesta, has sent back the first ever close-up image of the asteroid 'So far, the images received to date reveal a complex surface that seems to have preserved some of the earliest events in Vesta's history, as well as logging the onslaught that Vesta has suffered in the intervening eons,' said Dawn principal investigator Christopher Russell."
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.

Dawn Takes First Pictures of Vesta From Orbit

Comments Filter:
  • by rindeee (530084) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @04:55PM (#36816070)
    I'm a complete idiot with this sort of thing, but why did they orbit so far away (9k miles)? It surely can't have that great of a gravitational pull, can it? Why not get as close as is prudent (or is 9k miles the prudence limit)? It seems like the closer the better for studying the thing.
  • Re:first post (Score:2, Insightful)

    by jojoba_oil (1071932) on Tuesday July 19, 2011 @05:06PM (#36816190)

    The next post came 4 minutes later. Even if we assume that you posted at xx:26:59, and they posted at xx:30:00, that still gave you 3 full minutes to be the first poster.

    Would it really take you longer than 3 minutes to post something that displayed a little more intelligence than that of a potted plant?

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis

Working...