A portion of asteroid Lutetia, looking into the 55 km-wide Massilia crater (red circular outline) with the North Pole Crater Cluster (NPCC) in the distance (purple outline). The grooves (or ‘lineaments’) are colored according to the crater to which they are associated, i.e. red for Massilia and purple for NPCC. The blue lineaments are associated with the ‘Suspicio’ crater, while the yellow lineaments are not associated with any crater discussed in this study.
Lutetia was imaged in July 2010 by ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft, while en route to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Rosetta took images of the 100 km-wide asteroid for about two hours during the flyby. At its closest approach, Rosetta was 3162 km from Lutetia. In the image shown here, north is up.
Image credit: Besse et al (2014); image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/SSO/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA
Note: For more information, see Lutetia's Dark Side Hosts Hidden Crater.