Shattered Dirt : Surface Fracture of Granular Asteroids

  title={Shattered Dirt : Surface Fracture of Granular Asteroids},
  author={Erik I. Asphaug},
Introduction: The hypothesis explored here is that asteroid 433 Eros, a relatively large (~33 km x 13 km x 13 km) rocky near-Earth asteroid, is structurally similar to the upper meters of the Moon – that it is globally a dry rocky dust-rich regolith, beaten apart by eons of cosmic impacts, but under 1/300 th the gravity. According to this view, the fractures expressed on the surface of Eros – as well as Phobos, Ida and other asteroidal bodies – are not cracks in hard rock, but are fissures in… CONTINUE READING
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