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The origin and role of dust in the early solar systemDust was the primary building material of the solar nebula planetesimals that accumulated to form minor planets, solid planets, and the cores of giant planets. Collected interplanetary dust particle (IDP) samples probably contain preserved samples of nebular dust that formed over a wide range of radial distance. There are two general source regions of IDP's, the asteroid belt and the short-period comets. The collected asteroid particles are likely to be rather representative samples of material that accreted into planetesimals in the 2.2 to 3.3 AU region. The comet samples are likely to be representative samples of grains that accreted in the Kuiper belt region between 20 AU and some hundreds of AU. Many of the solar system effects on grains should have been more pronounced or even restricted to the less than 5 AU region where the asteroids were formed. A major goal of IDP research is to try to identify typical asteroidal and cometary IDP's and to study their properties. If successful this will provide fundamental insight into both the initial solids in the solar nebula and materials modified by a variety of important nebular processes.
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Conference Paper
Brownlee, Don E. (Washington Univ. Seattle, WA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Workshop on the Analysis of Interplanetary Dust Particles
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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