NASA craft sends images of giant asteroid

New images may aid future missions when astronauts attempt to land on asteroids in the next decade.

    The US space agency NASA has revealed the first images of one of the largest asteroids in the solar system. 

    Asteroid Vesta, nicknamed "Snowman", was captured by NASA's Dawn Spacecraft framing camera from a distance of 3,200 miles.

    The astral body is believed to date back to the first five million years of the solar system. 

    Now scientists are trying to uncover what caused the dark grooves on the asteroid's surface.

    Al Jazeera's John Terrett reports from Washington.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    The woman who cleans up after 'lonely deaths' in Japan

    When somebody dies lonely and alone, Miyu Kojima steps in to clean their home and organise the mementos of their life.

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    Putin and the 'triumph of Christianity' in Russia

    The rise of the Orthodox Church in Russia appears unstoppable, write filmmakers Glen Ellis and Viktoryia Kolchyna who went to investigate the close ties between the church and Putin.

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    The chill effect: Is India's media running scared?

    Much of India's media spurns a scoop about the son of PM Modi's right-hand man. Plus, NFL as platform for race politics.