By Linda T. Elkins-Tanton

Explores the connection among the sunlight and its orbiters, together with the planets, asteroids, meteorites, and comets, and introduces a few of the area missions that helped the medical neighborhood achieve a extra thorough knowing of the sun process.

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Though he was wrong, Hooke was oddly on the right track: In the last few decades, it has been discovered that the solid rock of a planet flows like a liquid under the great pressures of impact and may assume liquidlike forms. The central peak of a complex crater is an example, such as the peak seen here in the beautiful lunar crater Copernicus. Copernicus, about 60 miles (96 km) in diameter, is a large young crater visible northwest of the center of the Moon’s Earth-facing side. Though at about 1 billion years old it is not as bright and fresh as other craters, Copernicus has many bright ejecta rays surrounding it.

Indd 39 5/25/10 11:43:52 AM 40╇Asteroids, Meteorites, and Comets About 20 million years ago, a large bolide impact struck near this site in Devon Islands, in Canada’s Arctic, ejecting material that fell to create these hills. indd 40 from the chemistry of the rocks at that geologic boundary was compiled from many places around the globe, and at last the crater was found, partly on land but mostly in the shallow sea off the Yucatán Peninsula. This crater, named Chicxulub, is 180 miles (300 km) in diameter.

The PI selects team members from industry, small businesses, government laboratories, and universities to develop the scientific objectives and instrument payload. The team brings together the skills and expertise needed to carry out a mission from concept development through data analysis. The PI is responsible for the overall success of the project by assuring that cost, schedule, and performance objectives are met. Once a PI decides to propose a mission and has a target in mind, he or she needs to find two key partners: one who can build the mission and one who can manage and operate it.

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