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Discovery of M class objects among the near-earth asteroid populationBroadband colorimetry, visual photometry, near-infrared photometry, and 10 and 20 micron radiometry of the near-earth asteroids (NEAs) 1986 DA and 1986 EB are used to show that these objects belong to the M class of asteroids. The similarity among the distributions of taxonomic classes among the 38 NEAs to the abundances found in the inner astoroid belt between the 3:1 and 5:2 resonances suggests that NEAs have their origins among asteroids in the vicinity of these resonances. The implied mineralogy of 1986 DA and 1986 EB is mostly nickel-iron metal; if this is indeed the case, then current models for meteorite production based on strength-related collisional processes on asteroidal surfaces predict that these two objects alone should produce about one percent of all meteorite falls. Iron meteorites derived from these near-earth asteroids should have low cosmic-ray exposure ages.
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Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Tedesco, Edward F.
(California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, United States)
Gradie, Jonathan
(Hawaii, University Honolulu, United States)
Date Acquired
August 13, 2013
Publication Date
March 1, 1987
Publication Information
Publication: Astronomical Journal
Volume: 93
ISSN: 0004-6256
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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