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High-fidelity Modeling of Rotationally Fissioned Asteroids

  • Authors: Alex B. Davis and Daniel J. Scheeres

2020 The Planetary Science Journal 1 25.

  • Provider: AAS Journals

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Relative geometry of inner unstable equilibrium evaluated at order 2 (above) and order 4 (below). The view for both is isometric, looking 45° downward and perpendicular to the relative separation vector. The relative twist caused by the higher-order terms results in a breakdown of the equilibrium as a dynamical barrier. We refer to the larger, gray body as the primary and the smaller as the secondary.

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