A steeply-inclined trajectory for the Chicxulub impact

  title={A steeply-inclined trajectory for the Chicxulub impact},
  author={Gareth S. Collins and N. Patel and Thomas M. Davison and Auriol S. P. Rae and Joanna V. Morgan and Sean P. S. Gulick and G. L. E. P. C. S. M. J. L. L. C. K. H. D. A. J. C. M. Christeson Chenot Claeys Cockell Coolen Ferri{\`e}re G and Gail L. Christeson and Elise Chenot and Phillipe Claeys and Charles S. Cockell and Marco J. L. Coolen and Ludovic Ferri{\`e}re and Catalina Gebhardt and Kazuhisa Goto and H. Jones and David A. Kring and Johanna Lofi and Christopher M. Lowery and Rub{\'e}n Ocampo-Torres and Ligia P{\'e}rez‐Cruz and Annemarie E. Pickersgill and Michael H. Poelchau and Cornelia Rasmussen and Mario Rebolledo-Vieyra and Ulrich Riller and H. D. Sato and Jan Smit and Sonia M. Tikoo and Naotaka Tomioka and Jaime Urrutia‐Fucugauchi and Michael T. Whalen and Axel Wittmann and L. Xiao and Kosei E. Yamaguchi and N. T. J. Artemieva Bralower and Natalia Artemieva and Timothy J. Bralower},
  journal={Nature Communications},
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