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Deep Space 1 Traces Braille Back to Vesta

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Science  13 Aug 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5430, pp. 993-994
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5430.993a

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Asteroids tend to wander far from home, but researchers can now reunite a wayward offspring with its "parent" in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. At a press conference last week at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, researchers announced that observations of an asteroid called Braille, returned by the Deep Space 1 spacecraft last week, show that the 2-kilometer-long rock is probably a chip blasted off the 500-kilometer asteroid Vesta, the third largest in the solar system.