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Surfaces of Asteroids and Cometary NucleiThe types of landforms and processes that may exist on cometary nuclei and asteroidal surfaces are investigated. Acknowledging that some asteroids may be cometary nuclei in disguise, asteroids are treated in this report as a simpler case than comets, owing to their more limited response to the state environment. Larger bodies (D 100 km) will not be discussed, even though they are recognized to be extremely important. This limitation permits only processes depending on exogenic phenomena to be considered (excluding processes such as volcanism on Vesta, for example), thus focusing discussion on the more unique aspects of these bodies, namely, their size and number.
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Legacy CDMS
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Malin, M. C.
(Arizona State Univ. Tempe, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
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Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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