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|"This could really assist in the analysis of asteroids and their composition. As Mr. Spock would say... Fascinating."
(Dewtey 3/27/2012 9:27:18 AM)
|"Dewtey, take a look at this clever suggestion for determining the composition of asteroids from sf great EC Tubb. In his 1958 novel The Mechanical Monarch he describes the impactor:
"There it is. Can you get a spectro?"
"No heat." Wendis shook his head. "I'll have to warm it up with a tracer."
Fire streaked in a thin line from the muzzle of a cannon-like tube mounted beneath the viewing instruments and a tiny, rocket-powered projectile, drove towards the mysterious bulk. It hit, exploding into a cloud of incandescent vapour, and Wendis stared thoughtfully at the brilliant lines on the spectroscope screen.
"... the spectro shows traces of iron, some copper, a little tungsten and a lot of beryllium. Looks unnatural somehow, too much like an alloy.""
(Bill Christensen 3/27/2012 7:05:26 PM)
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