Delivery of asteroids and meteorites to the inner solar system

Richard J. Greenberg, M. C. Nolan

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Critical observational constraints on the delivery of asteroids include orbital distributions, exposure ages and mineralogy. Orbital maturity in the inner solar system is indicated by the AM/PM distribution of meteorite falls and fireballs: Ordinary chondrites have short exposure ages, but their AM/PM fall statistics indicate significant orbital maturity. Hence, many may be collisional offspring of slightly larger parents that emigrated from the main belt. The required size distribution, extrapolated up to multi-km-size bodies, would also yield numbers of planet-crossing asteroids comparable to those astronomically observed. How multi-km Apollo-Amor-Atens are launched from the main belt is a major outstanding problem, as is identification of a parent population for the ordinary chondrites now that S-type asteroids once again are considered to be different from this most common kind of meteorite on the basis of reflectance spectroscopy. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)778-804
Number of pages27
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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