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Wind effects on the entry of meteorites into the atmosphere of Venus

Authors
Journal
Planetary and Space Science
0032-0633
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
47
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0032-0633(99)00004-5

Abstract

Abstract We considered the effect of the wind on the entry of meteorites into the venusian atmosphere by solving the entry equations involving a term related with the wind drag. We found that the wind affects only the entry of iron meteorites with masses less than 10 9 kg and stone meteorites with masses less than 10 11 kg. Since meteorites that produce craters on Venus have masses exceeding these limits we conclude that the effect of the wind is negligible in the processes of craterization of the surface of Venus.

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