12.602 Asteroids and Small Bodies
Introduction to the study of asteroids and the ground-based and space-based techniques used to explore them. Topics include asteroid orbital properties, surface structure, physical properties, classifications, as well as their origin, thermal and collisional evolution, and interrelationships with meteorites and comets. Also covers the near-Earth asteroids, the probabilities and consequences of terrestrial collisions, and the possible utilization of asteroids as space resources.
This class has 18.03 as a prerequisite.
12.602 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by R. P. Binzel.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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