Microgravity experiments on the collisional behavior of Saturnian ring particles

  title={Microgravity experiments on the collisional behavior of Saturnian ring particles},
  author={Daniel Hei\sselmann and J{\"u}rgen Blum and Helen Jane Fraser and Kristin Wolling},
In this paper we present results of two novel experimental methods to investigate the collisional behavior of individual macroscopic icy bodies. The experiments reported here were conducted in the microgravity environments of parabolic flights and the Bremen drop tower facility. Using a cryogenic parabolic-flight setup, we were able to capture 41 near-central collisions of 1.5-cm-sized ice spheres at relative velocities between 6 and 22 cm s−1. The analysis of the image sequences provides a… CONTINUE READING


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