Dawn spacecraft sends back stunning pics of asteroid Vesta

The Dawn spacecraft has only been orbiting Vesta for a few months now, but it's been taking scads of pictures and streaming them straight back to Earth. Among the highlights are these spectacular oblique images of the asteroid's dramatic topography, showing just exactly how much this giant space rock has gotten beat on by other slightly less giant space rocks over the last billion years or so.

Check out some of our favorites from NASA's most recent imagery release in the gallery below.

Dawn, via Wired and New Scientist

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