First 3D Image of Asteroid Vesta, Captured by NASA's Dawn Spacecraft

If you happen to have some 3D glasses handy, you can get a really nice view of Asteroid Vesta, thanks to this 3D image that NASA uploaded, based on two clear filter images.

(Read more about Vesta here and here.)


What the 3D image reveals is that Vesta's had a rough time out there in space. According to NASA:

The anaglyph image shows the rough topography in the south polar area, the large mountain, impact craters, grooves, and steep scarps in three dimensions. The diameter of Vesta is about 330 miles (530 kilometers)

Most of all, this proves that 3D still has some worthwhile uses. Download a super-high-res version at the link. [NASA]

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