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Spin control for asteroids

Random collisions between asteroids would seem to cause their spin axes to be tilted in all directions. Surprisingly, the gentle recoil force of thermal re-radiation may bring their spin axes into alignment.

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Figure 1: The Yarkovsky effect.
Figure 2: Spin up, spin down.

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Binzel, R. Spin control for asteroids. Nature 425, 131–132 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/425131a

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