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  • Asteroid Belt Essay

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    two large bodies in the asteroid belt: Vesta and Ceres. The dawn mission journeys to the center of the main asteroid belt to orbit and explore the two most massive main belt asteroids, Vesta and Ceres. Dawn aims to increase or understanding not just of the present state of these two bodies, but also of the conditions during the time of their formation. It attempts this through achieving a set of measurement objectives in which the physical properties of these asteroids such as mass, slopes, size

  • The New Planet X Analysis

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    The New Planet X For centuries, researchers have been looking for more planets in our solar system, with more public focus on the matter in the past decade after Pluto’s reclassification to “dwarf planet”. At last, astronomers have found a possible expansion to our local solar system, or at least this is what the Science News article “Shadow Planet”, written by astronomer Christopher Crockett, implies. In this article Crockett summarizes the history of the idea of a “Planet X” in our solar system

  • Asteroids Essay

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    Asteroids In our solar system today there are over 30,000 asteroids flying around in all direction colliding with other asteroids and planets, without a care about the destruction they might convey. Our planet Earth is caught right in the middle of all of this action and is liable to entire extinction of any life forms on the planet if a large enough asteroid crosses its path. Any single asteroid has the possibility to erase thousands of years of history and wipeout the human race, as we know it

  • Heteroids Research Paper

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    Seven Strange Asteroids of the Solar System On September 27, 2007, the Dawn has launched from the Kennedy space center in Florida. Dawn is the first asteroid probe to explore Vesta and Ceres which are the two largest members of the asteroid belt. Most asteroids, including Vesta, dwell at the asteroid belt that sits between Mars and Jupiter. Other asteroids are closer to the sun than the earth's orbit, while a lot of them has the common the orbits of the planet. Not all asteroids will stay where

  • Asteroids On The Solar System

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    Kyle Williams Planetary Geology 4/14/2015 Asteroids in Our Solar System Introduction: When the first asteroids were discovered they were thought to be planets, just like every other star in the sky. It is only with the advancement of astronomy that the differentiation could occur. Asteroids are minor planets or sometimes referred to as planetoids or planetesimals. Those names are given to anything in the solar system that does not seem to have the roundedness of a planetary body or the typical characteristics

  • Analysis Of D & C 121-26-31

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    now Electric propulsion is the only way to transport data for scientific research across enormous distances and conduct interplanetary travel to outer regions of the Solar System. Dawn’s final destination is Ceres. Ceres was once thought to be an asteroid but was reclassified (2006) by scientist to a “Dwarf Planet” because Ceres has a special property call “Hydrostatic equilibrium”, which means Ceres shape is directed by how it rotates. Viewed from a distance there appeared to be a shining beacon

  • Robotic Exploration And Human Exploration

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    part of NASA's New Frontiers program. New Horizons travelled to Pluto. Well it flew past Pluto in July 14, 2015. New Horizons was launched January 19, 2006. The goal of New Horizons launch was to Answer questions about Pluto, its moons, and Kuiper Belt Objects. New Horizons mission has found evidence of exotic ices flowing across Pluto’s surface. The bluish-white coloring featured on Pluto tell us that there is exotic ices. Pluto undergoes climate variation and sometimes, when Pluto is a little warmer

  • Cause And Effect Of Chacxulub Impact

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    Talullah Lennon The Cause: An Asteroid is formed in the inner solar system in a particular part called the Asteroid Belt, when small particles of rock and metal collide with each other, and slowly build up over time. Planets are formed the same way as asteroids, but what stops asteroids from growing and becoming a planet is due to the gravitationally pull of Jupiter. The asteroid belt lies between Jupiter and mars. Because of Jupiter's gravitationally pull the asteroid goes at a highly increased speed

  • National Aeronautics And Space Administration (NASA)

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    action movies that grab the audience attention, but later on realize the negligent science that was presented. The 1998 movie, Armageddon is a great example. “The premise of the movie is that a giant asteroid is going to hit the Earth and wipe out all life” (Phil Plate). As I watched the movie, an asteroid is headed to Earth, and is told that this was the Dinosaur Killer 65 million years ago. It was stated that the force was “10,000 nuclear weapons” as it exploded. If it were to be calculated it would

  • Meteoroid Lab

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    affects the diameter and depth of a crater. Background Research: A meteoroid is a small chunk of rock that has been broken apart from a much larger chunk of rock called an asteroid, these chunks of rock are located in between Mars and Jupiter, called the asteroid belt. When a meteoroid has been knocked out of the asteroid belt and is on it way towards earth the meteoroid is now a meteor, if the the meteor hits the ground it changes to a meteorite. When the meteorite makes contact with the ground