Asteroids: Some Cool Pictures

(Note! These images are NOT at the same scale.)

Two of the largest asteroids have been images using the Hubble space Telescope

Ceres (952 km in diameter)

Asteroid Ceres

NASA/STSCI Image

Vesta (530 km in diameter)

Asteroid Vesta

NASA/STSCI Image

A few others have been visited by spacecraft launched by National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Gaspra (18 km long)

Asteroid Gaspra

You can find more images of Gaspra at:
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/images/


Ida (60 km long)

Asteroid Ida

You can find more images of Ida at:
http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/images/


Mathilda (53 km in diameter)

Asteroid Mathilda

You can find more images of Mathilda at:
http://near.jhuapl.edu/Images/index.html


Eros (34 km long)

Asteroid Eros

You can find more images of Eros at:
http://near.jhuapl.edu/Images/index.html


Itokawa (About 500 meters long)

Asteroid Itokawa

You can find more images of Itokawa at:
http://hayabusa.sci.isas.jaxa.jp/amica.pl


A few other asteroids have been images by Earth-based radar, like Toutatis:

Asteroid Toutatis

You can find more radar images of asteroids at:
http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/index.html