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Leonid Dust Spheres Captured During the 2002 Storm?An effort was made to collect dust from a known source, comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, in the form of Leonid meteor debris in the hours after the 2002 storm. No interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) have yet been recovered from a known source. We do not expect Leonid debris at 72 km/s to survive atmospheric entry as aggregates and our effort was predicated on the notion that mm-sized and larger meteoroids after extreme mass could survive as up to approximately 100 micron-sized silicate spheres. Two anticipated Leonid storms, rather than its annual shower activity, were the target of the last Leonid Multi-Aircraft Campaign during the Nov. 19, 2002 storm. Flying westwards from Spain to the US the mission covered both the 1767 and 1866 dust trails whereby early in the flight the aircraft flew several hours across the region exposed to the first storm peak that did not include the continental US of the second peak with 5,400 meteors.
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Rietmeijer, Frans J. M.
(New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Pfeffer, Melissa A.
(New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Chizmadia, Lysa
(New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Macy, B.
(New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Fischer, T. P.
(New Mexico Univ. Albuquerque, NM, United States)
Zolensky, M. E.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Warren, J. L.
(Lockheed Martin Corp. Houston, TX, United States)
Jenniskens, P.
(Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Inst. Mountain View, CA, United States)
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August 21, 2013
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January 1, 2003
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Publication: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXIV
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Science And Exploration
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