In Pictures: The sizzling world of asteroids

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An artist's concept shows NASA's Dawn spacecraft orbiting the giant asteroid Vesta. The depiction of Vesta is based on images obtained by Dawn's framing cameras. The spacecraft is circled Vesta at an altitude averaging about 130 miles (210 km) in the phase of the mission known as low altitude mapping orbit.

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