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Meteors, Asteroids and Comets
Ida and Dactyl, an asteroid and orbitting 1 mile across moon (far right dot) as photographed by the Galileo spacecraft.
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Lunar Clementine mission shows the South Pole of the Moon. The permanently shadowed region center shows evidence of meteor cratering and ice never exposed to direct sunlight.
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Famous 1996 micrograph image of the mineral of Mars meteorite called Allan Hills. Photo Credit: NASA/JSC
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Water crystals and salt found in interior of meteorite. After submitting for photography, the meteor was sold on the internet by those who originally found it. Photo Credit: NASA/JSC.
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Mars moon, Phobos, as imaged by Viking I spacecraft, 1976. The impact crater shows a near-equal sized collision to the moon itself in its history.
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Asteroid Eros reconstruction, as seen by the NEAR Space Craft. Photo Credit: NASA/NEAR
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Near spacecraft, white crater on asteroid Eros. The lighter material is either fresh or from some unknown weathering process.
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Deimos odd-shaped moon of Mars, likely a captured asteroid from the relatively closer asteroid belt. Close View, Viking 2 spacecraft, 1976. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL
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Asteroid Eros, close view. As seen by the NEAR Space Craft. Photo Credit: NASA/NEAR
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Hale-Bopp comet tail
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Curved blue path, asteroid orbit.
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Hale Bopp Comet tail
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Asteroid Eros regolity or surface cratering. As seen by NEAR Space Craft. Photo Credit: NASA/NEAR
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Asteroid Gaspra. Galileo Space Craft photographed its tumbling path in 1991. Orbits in main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Galileo
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Fine structure comet tail of Comet-Hale-Bopp
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Comet Hale-Bopp photographed against Andromeda galaxy.
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Comet West.
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Impact on Jovian moon, Europa, thought to have up to a 4 mile thick sheet of ice. Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Galileo
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Hale Bopp Comet above World Trade Center in foreground, light dot above the Twin Towers is Hale-Bopp, which was visible from urban centers.
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