publication . Article . 2016

Scale-dependent measurements of meteorite strength: Implications for asteroid fragmentation

Desireé Cotto-Figueroa; Erik Asphaug; Laurence A.J. Garvie; Ashwin Rai; Joel Johnston; Luke Borkowski; Siddhant Datta; Aditi Chattopadhyay; Melissa A. Morris;
  • Published: 09 May 2016 Journal: Icarus, volume 277, pages 73-77 (issn: 0019-1035, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract Measuring the strengths of asteroidal materials is important for developing mitigation strategies for potential Earth impactors and for understanding properties of in situ materials on asteroids during human and robotic exploration. Studies of asteroid disruption and fragmentation have typically used the strengths determined from terrestrial analog materials, although questions have been raised regarding the suitability of these materials. The few published measurements of meteorite strength are typically significantly greater than those estimated from the stratospheric breakup of meter-sized meteoroids. Given the paucity of relevant strength data, the ...
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