Euler, Jacobi, and missions to comets and asteroids

  title={Euler, Jacobi, and missions to comets and asteroids},
  author={Michael Efroimsky},
  journal={Advances in Space Research},
  • M. Efroimsky
  • Published 3 December 2001
  • Physics, Mathematics
  • Advances in Space Research
Abstract Whenever a freely spinning body is found in a complex rotational state, this means that either the body experienced some interaction within its relaxation-time span, or that it was recently “prepared” in a non-principal state. Both options are encountered in astronomy where a wobbling rotator is either a recent victim of an impact or a tidal interaction, or is a fragment of a disrupted progenitor. Another factor (relevant for comets) is outgassing. By now, the optical and radar… Expand

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