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What happens if two asteroids collide



These models are being created in preparation for the Psyche mission, which is being prepared by NASA. The goal of this mission is to launch the first spacecraft that can explore a metal asteroid.

As stated in the article – the main purpose of the simulation is to simulate the impact of a small rocky asteroid on a larger metal asteroid at a speed of several thousand meters per second. Using this simulation, it was possible to calculate the size and shape of a crater for a metallic asteroid.

Unlike rocky asteroids, whose composition is similar to that of the earth’s crust, metallic asteroids are composed of materials that are similar to those in the Earth’s inner core. Studying such asteroids may provide more information about the conditions in the center of our planet.

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