JOURNEY TO A STAR – ASTEROID BELT

Here’s a bit of info on the asteroid belt you might enjoy!

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 Between the orbits of the planets Mars and Jupiter lies the asteroid belt; a huge region of asteroids and minor planets presenting its own dangers to our star mission.

So not only do we have to set a collision course for Jupiter [previous post] but we have to navigate the equivalent of a solar minefield of objects ranging in size from 400 – 900 km diameter down to billions of dust sized objects. The largest object is Ceres, a dwarf planet at 950 km diameter, followed by Vesta, Pallas and Hygiea which are all in excess of 400 km.

But avoiding these is relatively simple due to their large size. It is the millions of smaller objects that pose the highest danger to our spacecraft. There are estimated to be around 1 million asteroids in the belt of diameter greater than 1 km. There are billions…

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4 thoughts on “JOURNEY TO A STAR – ASTEROID BELT

  1. Fascinating! Even though an asteroid belt presented a hazard to Larwin in Star Bridge, I’ve never actually thought about the one in our own solar system being a danger for our own exploration of space.

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      • Makes sense, particularly when they are probably traveling fast as a bullet and I think we all know how devastating something that small can be.

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