High mobility of asteroid particles revealed by measured cohesive force of meteorite fragmentsOPEN ACCESS 

Yuuya Nagaashi and Akiko M. Nakamura

Science Advances
17 Mar 2023
Vol 9, Issue 11


“The cohesive force of asteroid particles is a crucial parameter in microgravity. The cohesive force was evaluated under the assumptions of lunar regolith and proportionality to particle size; however, it is sensitive to particle shape. In this study, cohesive-force measurements of meteorite fragments and aggregates consisting of silica microspheres revealed that the cohesive force is independent of the sizes of the fragments and aggregates as well as of the fragment preparation methods. The cohesive forces of the asteroid particles were found to be orders of magnitude smaller than previously predicted, explaining the high mobility of asteroid surface particles identified by space exploration.”