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Location of upper borders of cavities containing dust and gas under pressure in comets

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  • Sergei I. Ipatov

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    1. Department of Physics, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, 20064, USA
    2. Space Research Institute, Moscow, Russia
      E-mail: siipatov@hotmail.com Present address: Alsubai Establishment for Scientific Studies, PO Box 201536, Doha, Qatar.
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E-mail: siipatov@hotmail.com

Present address: Alsubai Establishment for Scientific Studies, PO Box 201536, Doha, Qatar.

ABSTRACT

The distance between the pre-impact surface of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 and the upper border of the largest cavity excavated during the ejection of material after the collision of the impact module of the Deep Impact (DI) spacecraft with the comet is estimated to be about 5–6 m if the diameter of the DI transient crater was about 150–200 m. The estimated distance is 4 m if the diameter was 100 m. This result suggests that cavities containing dust and gas under pressure and located a few metres below the surfaces of comets can be common.

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