Asteroids and Comets


Images of Comet Tempel 1 and the encounter with the Deep Impact spacecraft and the NASA Press Release are available.

 Asteroid Fact Sheet
 Comet Fact Sheet
 Near Earth Object Fact Sheet
 Images of Asteroids - from the Catalog of Spaceborne Imaging
 Images of Comets - from the Catalog of Spaceborne Imaging
 NSSDC Photo Gallery - More Images of Asteroids
 NSSDC Photo Gallery - More Images of Comets
 Reference Books on Asteroids
 Reference Books on Comets
 Frequently Asked Questions - Asteroids
 Frequently Asked Questions - Comets
 What Are Asteroids?
 Images and Information on the Comet SL-9 collision with Jupiter
 PDS Small Bodies Node: University of Maryland


Missions to Asteroids and Comets

 Deep Impact - NASA Flyby of Comet P/Tempel 1 (2005)
 Rosetta - ESA Mission to Rendezvous with Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (2004)
 Hayabusa (Muses-C) - ISAS (Japan) Sample Return Mission to Asteroid 25143 Itokawa (2003)
 CONTOUR - NASA Mission to fly by three comet nuclei (2002)
 Stardust - NASA Discovery Mission to Comet P/Wild 2 (1999)
 Cassini - NASA/ESA mission to Saturn through the Asteroid Belt
 Deep Space 1 - NASA Flyby Mission to asteroid 1992 KD (1998)
 Galileo - NASA Mission to Jupiter via asteroids Gaspra and Ida
 Genesis - NASA Discovery Solar Wind Sample Return Mission (2001)
 Giotto - ESA mission to Comets Halley and Grigg-Skjellerup
 ICE (ISEE-3) - NASA Mission to Comet Giacobini-Zinner
 NEAR - NASA Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous with 433 Eros
 Sakigake - Japanese ISAS mission to Comet Halley
 Suisei - Japanese ISAS mission to Comet Halley
 Vega 1 - Soviet mission to Venus and Comet Halley
 Vega 2 - Soviet mission to Venus and Comet Halley

Future Missions

 Dawn - NASA Orbiter of Asteroids Ceres and Vesta (2006)
 New Horizons - NASA Mission to fly by Pluto and into the Kuiper Belt (2006)
 NEAP - Rendezvous Mission to Asteroid 4660 Nereus (2007)
 Champollion/Deep Space 4 - [Cancelled] NASA Orbiter and Lander to comet Tempel 1 (2003)

Comet and Asteroid Data and Images Available from NSSDC

 International Halley Watch CD-ROMs
 Giotto Grigg-Skjellerup Encounter Data on CD-ROM
 Shoemaker-Levy 9/Jupiter Collision CD-ROMs
 Asteroid Data Tables - PDS compilations of asteroid data
 Galileo CD-ROMs
 Galileo CD-ROM volume 16 - images of SL-9 and Ida

Other Asteroid Resources

 Arecibo radar images of asteroid 216 Kleopatra - NASA Press Release, 4 May 2000
 Moon discovered orbiting asteroid 45 Eugenia - Announcement of discovery made in November 1998
 Asteroid 1997 XF11 - Information on the close approach in 2028
 New masses calculated for 3 largest asteroids - U.S. Naval Observatory press release, 7 January 1998
 Crater on Vesta imaged by HST - Press release (4 Sept. 1997) and images
 General Information on Asteroids
 Information on Asteroid 433 Eros
 Information on Asteroid 253 Mathilde
 Near Earth Asteroid Tracking System (NEAT) Press Release
 Asteroid Feature Names - from the Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature
 Minor Planet Center: Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
 Lists of Unusual Minor Planets: Minor Planets Center
 Asteroid Radar Research
 More about Asteroids - The Nine Planets

Other Comet Resources

 Comet and Spacecraft positions - generates coordinates for certain spacecraft and comets at a given time
 Images and Information on the Comet SL-9 collision with Jupiter
 Information on Comet Hale-Bopp
 Information on Comet Hyakutake
 Seiichi Yoshida's Comet Site
 Comet Observations Page: JPL
 More about Comets - The Nine Planets

 Chiron Perihelion Campaign (CPC)
 Mysterious Sedna - Astronomers have discovered a mysterious planet-like body in the distant reaches of the solar system. - NASA Science News, 15 March 2004
 First Rotation Period of a Kuiper Belt Object Measured - European Space Agency press release, 5 November 1998
 New Kuiper Belt Object Discovered, possibly larger than Ceres - Minor Planet Circular, 1 December 2000
 Kuiper Belt Object with Diameter of roughly 1300 km Discovered - NASA Press Release, 7 October 2002
 Most Distant Object In Solar System Discovered - NASA Press Release, 15 March 2004

Meteors and Meteorites

 Meteor showers - Sky and Telescope Magazine
 American Meteor Society - Geneseo, N.Y.
 International Meteor Organization
 North American Meteor Network
 Testing suspected meteorites - Smithsonian Museum of Natural History
 Meteorite classification chart - New England Meteoritical Services
 Meteors and their properties - Lunar and Planetary Lab
 Fireball report form - American Meteor Society
 Leonid sample return payload recovered and an update on results
 More on meteors and meteorites - The Nine Planets


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Last Updated: 05 July 2005, DRW