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Dawn Takes First Pictures of Vesta From Orbit 54

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."
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Dawn Takes First Pictures of Vesta From Orbit

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  • 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?

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