- 1 November 2013
This special issue covers new Dawn Mission observations and results related to the south polar impact basins on Vesta as well as related modeling and other topics, including the geology and composition of the basins, their global effects, numerical modeling of their formation, and their relation to the Vesta family asteroids and the HED meteorites.
- Planetary science, Planetary sciences: solar system objects, Asteroids, Impact phenomena, Surface materials and properties, Meteorites and tektites, Composition, Surfaces, Origin and evolution, Polar regions, Orbital and rotational dynamics
- 25 October 1997
The Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission, the first launch of NASA's Discovery Program, will be the first mission to orbit an asteroid. NEAR will make the first comprehensive scientific measurements of an asteroid's surface composition, geology, physical properties, and internal structure.
- Planetary science, Asteroids