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Old July 20 2013, 08:53 PM   #18
publiusr
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Re: Neptune - New Moon Discovered

Now this is a bit more interesting:

http://www.universetoday.com/103002/...-by-asteroids/
http://news.discovery.com/space/alie...ter-uranus.htm
http://www.spacedaily.com/news/carbon-99d.html

Uranus was knocked on its side by a massive collsion, and I would not be surprised if these rocks were the result. Being in unstable orbits means that they may be removed if you can get a large enough spacecraft out to it. They may just be diamond rich. A diamond asteroid in a horseshoe orbit just needs a little more delta vee and off it goes.

http://cosmoquest.org/forum/showthre...r-Solar-System

I wonder if some of Neptune's new moons are ripe for harvesting as well.
I guess the can be called ice giants for a different reason too, now.
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