Dawn at Vesta: testing the protoplanetary paradigm.

@article{Russell2012DawnAV,
  title={Dawn at Vesta: testing the protoplanetary paradigm.},
  author={C T Russell and Carol A. Raymond and Angioletta Coradini and Harry Y. Jr. Mcsween and Maria T. Zuber and Andreas Nathues and Maria Cristina De Sanctis and Ralf Jaumann and Alexander S. Konopliv and F Preusker and Sami W. Asmar and Ryan S. Park and Robert W. Gaskell and Horst Uwe Keller and S Mottola and T Roatsch and Jennifer E.C. Scully and David Eugene Smith and Pasquale Tricarico and Michael J. Toplis and Ulrich R. Christensen and William Charles Feldman and David J. Lawrence and Timothy J. Mccoy and T H Prettyman and Robert C. Reedy and Matthew E. Sykes and T. N. Titus},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={336 6082},
  pages={
          684-6
        }
}
The Dawn spacecraft targeted 4 Vesta, believed to be a remnant intact protoplanet from the earliest epoch of solar system formation, based on analyses of howardite-eucrite-diogenite (HED) meteorites that indicate a differentiated parent body. Dawn observations reveal a giant basin at Vesta's south pole, whose excavation was sufficient to produce Vesta-family asteroids (Vestoids) and HED meteorites. The spatially resolved mineralogy of the surface reflects the composition of the HED meteorites… CONTINUE READING

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