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Formation and physical properties of asteroids

Patrick Michel
Formation and physical properties of asteroids (in Asteroids, John Valley (editor))
Elements (February 2014) 10 (1): 19-24


Asteroids are the leftover precursors to the terrestrial planets. Before the first images of them were sent from space, our knowledge of asteroids relied entirely on ground-based observations and meteorite analysis. Spacecraft images revolutionized our knowledge and geological understanding of their physical properties. They also showed us that asteroids are subjected to various kinds of processes and are incredibly diverse in size, shape, structure, composition, and rotational properties. Therefore, space missions remain necessary to enhance our knowledge of the various components of the asteroid population. In addition, numerical modeling is required to interpret spacecraft images and improve our understanding of the physical processes asteroids experience over their lifetime.

ISSN: 1811-5209
Serial Title: Elements
Serial Volume: 10
Serial Issue: 1
Title: Formation and physical properties of asteroids
Title: Asteroids
Author(s): Michel, Patrick
Author(s): Valley, Johneditor
Affiliation: University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Lagrange Laboratory, Nice, France
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, United States
Pages: 19-24
Published: 201402
Text Language: English
Publisher: Mineralogical Society of America and Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and Mineralogical Association of Canada and Geochemical Society and Clay Minerals Society, International
References: 33
Accession Number: 2014-014825
Categories: Extraterrestrial geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
Country of Publication: International
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, copyright, Mineralogical Society of America. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 201410
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