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Published August 01, 2011, 12:00 AM

Vesta asteroid


In this image released by NASA/JPL on Thursday July 28,2011 shows an image of the dark side of Vesta asteroid captured by NASA'S Dawn spacecraft on July 23, 2011, and taken from a distance of about 3,200 miles (5,200 kilometers) away from the giant asteroid. Scientists are busy poring through images of Vesta, the first time it has been photographed up close. On July 15, the Dawn spacecraft slipped into orbit around the 330-mile-wide rocky body and began beaming back images. (AP Photo/NASA/JPL)
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