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Title: Active Seismology of Asteroids through Impact and/or Blast Loading
Primary Author: James D. Walker
Secondary Author(s): Walter F. Huebner, Sidney Chocron, Walt Gray, Daniel Boice
Institution: Southwest Research Institute
Date: September 15, 2009
Summary: We have no direct data on the interior structure of primitive bodies. The interior structure of asteroids is relevant to most solar system formation and evolution theories. Seismology is the only method for determining the interior structure for a range of sizes of asteroids to address.
Panel Selection: Primitive Bodies: Asteroids, comets, Phobos, Deimos, Pluto/Charon and other Kuiper belt objects, meteorites, and interplanetary dust.
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