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It will be just as boring as it is in EVE.
Yeah, but it would have actual, real world use, instead of, you know...being in a videogame.

More relevant, that's one helluva mountain.
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A rock with a surface consisting of 71% water? I don't think so.
the surface may be that ratio, but is ultimately a tiny fraction of the Earth's total composition
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So is it a volcano or just a big rock outcropping? A volcano would be very cool, and the article already mentioned the asteroid has frozen lava flows and a metal core, so it sounds like its big enough to have internal heating...volcano please?
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So is it a volcano or just a big rock outcropping? A volcano would be very cool, and the article already mentioned the asteroid has frozen lava flows and a metal core, so it sounds like its big enough to have internal heating...volcano please?
Its just an outcropping of rock forced up when something big hit it. Its too small to have retained the heat from its formation for very long, and is most likely solid throughout.
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Why would they spend so much money to send a probe to orbit a goddam Rock???

Why not spend the money on a soil return mission to Mars? or a Hydrobot to the drill through the ice of Europa and swim the ocean below??

NASA's been all about dead-end missions since the end of Apollo
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Why would they spend so much money to send a probe to orbit a goddam Rock???

Why not spend the money on a soil return mission to Mars? or a Hydrobot to the drill through the ice of Europa and swim the ocean below??

NASA's been all about dead-end missions since the end of Apollo
because those missions cost alot more money than strapping an ion engine to a basic probe and throwing it into the asteroid belt. Instead of using tried and true tech, they have to develop new tech to autonomously build and launch a rocket from the surface of mars and send its payload back here. Not only is it expensive, but its actually more wasteful and dead end than sending a probe around a very large asteroid. keep in mind, Dawn has the capability to escape Vesta's gravity well and move on, which it will, on to the dwarf planet Ceres.

And besides, they recently launched the Juno probe, so they still have that going for them
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because those missions cost alot more money than strapping an ion engine to a basic probe and throwing it into the asteroid belt. Instead of using tried and true tech, they have to develop new tech to autonomously build and launch a rocket from the surface of mars and send its payload back here. Not only is it expensive, but its actually more wasteful and dead end than sending a probe around a very large asteroid. keep in mind, Dawn has the capability to escape Vesta's gravity well and move on, which it will, on to the dwarf planet Ceres.

And besides, they recently launched the Juno probe, so they still have that going for them
They should've kept those funds and added to it, or used it to develop the tech needed for the missions I mentioned. Orbiting a rock is totally useless.

Besides they done flyby's and impacts on rocks before.
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They should've kept those funds and added to it, or used it to develop the tech needed for the missions I mentioned. Orbiting a rock is totally useless.

Besides they done flyby's and impacts on rocks before.
No, bringing back some dust from Mars is "useful". This rock mission provides clues on the early era of our solar system, as in, what stages planet formation has gone through. Vesta is basically a snapshot of early formation. Due to its size it never completed.

This information will teach us a lot more about the formation of our very own earth and along side, pinpoint more accurately for earthlike planets.
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578×560×458 km. That is indeed one hell of a large rock and is sure to keep atleast 90% of it's mass if it collides with Earth.
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A rock with a surface consisting of 71% water? I don't think so.
Oh no...Did you really just say that?
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