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Interrelations of Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets

  • Edward Anders (a1)

Abstract

Most meteorites come from a small number of parent bodies (6 to 11), with radii mainly between 100 and 300 km. The most likely sources of meteorites are seven asteroid families between 1.9 and 2.8AU, whose eccentricities and inclinations are high enough to permit their collisional debris to cross the orbit of Mars. Comets are too small and too numerous to serve as a source of the major meteorite classes, but they may well be an important source of micrometeorites and carbonaceous chondrites.

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