Catching Fragments of Our Past...
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DURING THE first three decades of the Space Age, the main emphasis of Solar System exploration had been on the Moon and planets and the major moons of those planets. But there is more to the Sun’s family than these main players. Orbiting between the planets are countless minor bodies — the rocky asteroids and icy comets. Planetary scientists gradually came to realize that a complete understanding of the formation and evolution of our planetary system would only be obtained if they were able to study these smaller Solar System bodies in detail.
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