Mierzenie kształtu, wielkości asteroid
Mierzenie kształtu, wielkości asteroid – French scientists from the Observatoire de la Cote d’Azur have developed a new way of measuring the shape and size of asteroids. They used an interferometer constructed of 2 VLT telescopes, with diameters of 8.2 m. To measure the asteroid Barbara. The results indicate that the asteroid is composed of two parts with a diameter of 37 and 21 km. Apart from each other 24 km.
Sonda kosmiczna Galileo na Jowiszu
Sonda kosmiczna Galileo na Jowiszu – In October, 1989. Space shuttle Atlantis took into space probe Galileo. Did not move out of orbit straight to Jupiter, but first flew in the direction of Venus, which was used to assist gravity. In the same order twice used the Earth and finally moved toward the gas giant. Along the way, the first probe approached asteroid, specifically Gaspra, a distance of 1600 km.
Galileo probe to Jupiter was heard after 7 years and accompanied him the next 8. It became his artificial satellite. Among other things, sent into the atmosphere of Jupiter measuring instrument, which in hellish conditions lasted almost an hour. Several times flew near the Galilean moons: Io, Ganymede, Europa and Callisto. Discovered that beneath the surface of the last three is salty ocean water.
Due to the good operation of the systems, the probe mission was extended several times (the last time – at the end of April 2001.). Made a total of 34 laps around Jupiter. At that time, 7 times visited Io, Callisto 8 times, as many times Ganymede, 11 times Europe.
Phobos – One of the two moons of Mars resembles its shape potato cratered. Red Planet caught the flying asteroid and made it their satellite. Phobos looks like it went through a herd of worms, because the inside is full of holes. The object awaits the sad fate of Mars, Phobos still draws closer and for approx. 50 million years, tidal forces of Mars moon tear to shreds. Thanks to the Red Planet will become a decoration in the form of a ring.