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Rosetta:Rosetta flyby uncovers the complex history of asteroid Lutetia

29 May 2012, 12:47 UTC
Rosetta:Rosetta flyby uncovers the complex history of asteroid Lutetia
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The long and tumultuous history of asteroid (21) Lutetia is revealed by a comprehensive analysis of the data gathered by ESA&aposs Rosetta spacecraft when it flew past this large main-belt asteroid on 10 July 2010. New studies have revealed the asteroid&aposs surface morphology, composition and other properties in unprecedented detail. In particular, extensive studies of Lutetia&aposs geological features have opened a unique window into the complex history of this peculiar object.

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