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Asteroids : a history

Author: Curtis Peebles
Publisher: Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : National government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Covering all aspects of asteroid investigation, Curtis Peebles shows how ideas about the orbiting boulders have evolved. He describes how such phenomena as the Moon's craters and dinosaur extinction were gradually, and by some scientists grudgingly, accepted as the results of asteroid impacts. He tells how a band of icy asteroids rimming the solar system, first proposed as a theory in the 1940s, was ignored for
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Peebles, Curtis.
Asteroids.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Institution Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)624422508
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Curtis Peebles
ISBN: 1560983892 9781560983897
OCLC Number: 43311726
Description: vii 280 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Discovery of the asteroids --
Vermin of the skies --
The modern era --
Apollos, Amors, Atens, and close calls: the near-Earth asteroids --
Far frontiers: from the Trojans to the Kuiper Belt --
Asteroid space missions --
The name's the thing! --
3043 San Diego: the unwanted honor --
Impact --
Shoemaker-Levy 9 --
Planetary defense --
The third century of asteroid studies.
Responsibility: Curtis Peebles.

Abstract:

"Covering all aspects of asteroid investigation, Curtis Peebles shows how ideas about the orbiting boulders have evolved. He describes how such phenomena as the Moon's craters and dinosaur extinction were gradually, and by some scientists grudgingly, accepted as the results of asteroid impacts. He tells how a band of icy asteroids rimming the solar system, first proposed as a theory in the 1940s, was ignored for more than forty years until renewed interest and technological breakthroughs confirmed the existence of the Kuiper Belt. Peebles also chronicles the discovery of Shoemaker-Levy 9, a comet with twenty-two nuclei that crashed into Jupiter in 1994, releasing many times the energy of the world's nuclear arsenal."

"Showing how asteroid research is increasingly collaborative, the book provides insights into the evolution of scientific ideas and the ebb and flow of scientific debate."--Jacket.

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