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The Asteroid Belt is a region of space between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter where potentially millions of asteroids orbit.

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Can sunlight be utilised as a mining “laser drill”?

Can sunlight be used to bore a hole into an asteroid in the belt, so metals with a high enough melting point are left behind, ablated off for easy recovery? Or is the sun too far away?
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Can small asteroids in the asteroid belt be detected on the fly and how much of a threat do they represent for a human manned space mission there?

Supposedly there are between 1.1 to 1.9 millions asteroids larger than 1 km in the asteroid belt. I assume there are many more , a lot of smaller ones, which cant be detected from here. According to ...
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Trojan Asteroids, are they Beneficial or Potentially Dangerous?

I know that Jupiter has a bunch of trailing asteroids surrounding it dubbed "Trojans". Due to its massive gravitational pull Jupiter is likely a co-creator of Earth in many ways, diverting asteroids ...
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Does the asteroid belt orbit the sun? [closed]

I was contemplating days and years. A day is one rotation of a celestial object. A year is one orbit around the center(ish) celestial object. So...
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Was SpaceX's venture into the asteroid belt a “convenient accident” on purpose?

There is gold in the asteroids, or iridium. links: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-25716103 https://globalnews.ca/news/3175097/nasa-plans-mission-to-a-metal-rich-asteroid-worth-...
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Is Starman/Roadster in any danger in the asteroid belt?

Elon tweeted that Starman's trajectory is going to overshoot Mar's orbit and bring it close to the asteroid belt. Does this mean that Starman is in danger of being crushed by an asteroid??
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Can you go over the asteroid belt rather than through it?

If the asteroid belt is a disc, couldn't you go above or under it rather than through it? Or does it form a sphere around the terrestrial planets orbits? Edit: I know the chance of hitting an asteroid ...
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Asteroid Catalog

Where can one find asteroids or comets that contain water ice suitable for a human mission. Perhaps there is comprehensive catalog of small bodies that can be searched for characteristics such as: ...
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How many asteroids could a retrograde probe in the Asteroid Belt flyby?

Cassini makes frequent flyby's of moons at Saturn. If one similarly put a probe in retrograde heliocentric orbit in the Asteroid Belt, how frequent could one expect to make a near flyby, given the ...
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How fast could the rotation of asteroids and planetoids be sped up before they disintegrate?

I am currently reading the The Expanse novel series. In the books there are several space colonies that are basically asteroids or planetoids (in particular Eros and Ceres) that have been spun up to ...
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How large a body could a probe with ion engines land on and launch from?

Researching small asteroids up close by use of robotic probes seems like an appealing near-future mission. One option is a sample return mission that goes to one large body, another is a mission where ...
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Is the Asteroid Belt in a plane that intersects Earth and Jupiter?

Is the Asteroid Belt in the same plane as Earth and Jupiter or they are in different planes?
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How much of the asteroid belt is discovered?

We have some estimats on the density of the bodies in the main belt. E.g. What's the (particle) density of the asteroid belt? How much of this is discovered? And how strongly does discovery ...
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Why explore Ceres?

The multi-target orbiter Dawn spacecraft, launched in 2007, is now approaching the dwarf planet Ceres and had recently sent high resolution images of Ceres from a distance of 46,000 km. What is so ...
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How does one spacecraft best visit multiple asteroids?

Dawn visits both Vesta and Ceres, thanks to its patient solar electric ion propulsion. AFAIK more xenon and perhaps a little more hydrazine for the attitude thrusters, would've sufficed to give it ...
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Dawn - What happens after Ceres? [duplicate]

Soon, the Dawn spacecraft will reach and orbit Ceres. Any ideas about what will happen after this work?
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How do spacecraft navigate through the Asteroid belt to avoid collision?

Have any spacecraft been lost transitioning between Mars and Jupiter? How do spacecraft navigate that field unscathed as well?
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Does the Dawn spacecraft have the potential for an extended mission?

The Dawn spacecraft is scheduled to arrive in initial orbit around Ceres in February 2015 with a final planned orbital change in December to reduce its orbit to a 700km altitude. At present I can't ...
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What's the (particle) density of the asteroid belt?

Obviously the asteroid belt is pretty sparsly populated. But how sparsly exactly? What is the state of knowledge regarding how many particles are there in a given size bracket and a volume, what ...