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Tracing escapees from collisional families

New analyses show that most asteroids, nowadays residing in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, could have originated from collisional events that have broken apart a few large parent bodies.

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Fig. 1: A sketch of three phases of asteroid population evolution.

adapted from LPI/CLSE/David A. Kring; Jupiter image from NASA/JPL/USGS.

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Novaković, B. Tracing escapees from collisional families. Nat Astron 2, 528–529 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-018-0520-2

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