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Monster asteroid has a mountain taller than Mount Everest, scientists say

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UK Daily Mail
October 5, 2011

A giant asteroid hurtling through our solar system’s asteroid belt boasts a mountain that makes Everest look like an ant hill, it has been claimed.

Detailed scans of the surface show it is as big as the volcanoes of Hawaii – measured from the ocean floor.

Data provided by NASA’s Dawn mission has shown more about the characteristics of the crater-filled monstrosity known as Vesta, the second most massive object in the solar system’s asteroid belt.

Dawn is now circling the asteroid at an altitude of 420 miles, taking visible and infrared pictures to send back to earth. Each orbit takes 12.3 hours.

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