August 21, 2009
Asteroids, leftover remnants from the formation of the solar system, are composed of rock, metal, or a combination of both.
This montage shows asteroid 951 Gaspra (top), Deimos (lower left), and Phobos (lower right) at the same scale and nearly the same lighting conditions. (For scale, Gaspra is about 10 miles, or 17 kilometers, long.) However, their surfaces appear remarkably different, possibly because of differences in composition or because of different impact histories.
Photo by NASA / JPL
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