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Asteroid Lutetia

On July 10, 2010 European Space Agency’s spacecraft Rosetta returned the first close-up images of the asteroid Lutetia, showing it is most probably a primitive survivor from the violent birth of the Solar System. The images show that Lutetia is heavily cratered, having suffered many impacts during its 4.5 billion years of existence. As Rosetta drew close, a giant bowl-shaped depression stretching across much of the asteroid rotated into view. The images confirm that Lutetia is an elongated body, with its longest side around 130km.