PerspectivePlanetary Science

The Shape of Kleopatra

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Science  05 May 2000:
Vol. 288, Issue 5467, pp. 820-821
DOI: 10.1126/science.288.5467.820

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Summary

Kleopatra is an M-type asteroid rich in metal; such asteroids have been difficult to study or image. In a Perspective Hartmann discusses the new radar observations of this asteroid reported by Ostro et al. in this issue and their conclusions that this asteroid is composed of a loose assemblage of metal grains forming an overall dumbell shape. Such a collection of metal grains in an asteroid might be ammenable to mining in space, that is, an asteroid opportunity rather than a hazard.