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A colour-encoded elevation map of Vesta clearly shows the giant 460-kilometer diameter impact basin and "bull's-eye" central peak. The map was constructed from 78 Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 pictures. Surface topography was estimated by noting irregularities along the limb and at the terminator (day/night boundary) where shadows are enhanced by the low Sun angle.

Deutsch: Farbkodierte Höhenkarte von Vesta.
Polski: Mapa Westy ukazująca różnice w wysokościach na jej powierzchni
Date Image published 1997 September 4
Author Ben Zellner (Georgia Southern University) and NASA
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