Collisional history of asteroid Itokawa

File Description SizeFormat 
G39138-Jourdan-eXtyled FINAL.pdfAccepted version758.53 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Title: Collisional history of asteroid Itokawa
Authors: Jourdan, F
Timms, NE
Eroglu, E
Mayers, C
Free, A
Bland, PA
Collins, G
Davison, T
Abe, M
Yada, T
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In situ extrate rrestrial samples returned for study (e.g., from the Moon) are crucial in understanding the origin and evolution of the Solar System as, contrary to meteorites, they provide a known geological context for the samples and their analyses. Asteroid 25143 Itokawa is a rubble pile asteroid consisting of reaccumulated fragments from a catastrophically disrupted monolithic parent asteroid, and from which regolith dust particles have been recovered by the Hayabusa space probe. We analyzed two dust particles using Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) and 40 Ar/39 Ar dating techniques. One of the grains showing signs of 15–25 GPa impact shock pressure, yielded a 40 Ar/Ar plateau age of 2.3 ± 0.1 Ga. We develop a novel temperature -pressure-porosity model, coupled with diffusion models to show that the relatively low pressure and high temperature involved in the impact process can be reconciled only if the asteroid was already made of porous material at ~2.3 Ga and thus, if asteroid Itokawa was already formed, thereby providing a minimum age for catastrophic asteroid breakup. A second particle shows no sign of deformation indicating shock pressure of ˂ 10 GPa and a calculated maximum temperature of ~200 °C. This low temperature estimate is compatible with a lack of isotopic resetting for this particle. This suggests that the breakup of Itokawa’s parent was a relatively low-temperature process at the scale of the asteroid, and occurred on a pre-shattered parent body.
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2017
Date of Acceptance: 18-May-2017
ISSN: 1943-2682
Publisher: Geological Society of America
Start Page: 819
End Page: 822
Journal / Book Title: Geology
Volume: 45
Issue: 9
Copyright Statement: © 2017 Geological Society of America.
Sponsor/Funder: Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
Funder's Grant Number: ST/J001260/1
Keywords: Science & Technology
Physical Sciences
04 Earth Sciences
Geochemistry & Geophysics
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Earth Science and Engineering

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

Creative Commonsx