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Digital Art - Illustration
This composite image shows the comparative sizes of nine asteroids. Up until now, Lutetia, with a diameter of 81 miles (130 kilometers), was the largest asteroid visited by a spacecraft, which occurred during a flyby. Vesta dwarfs all other small bodies in this image. Asteroid Vesta is also considered a protoplanet because it's a large body that almost became a planet and has a diameter of approximately 330 miles.
February 28th, 2012
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