Re: 253 Mathilde images from NEAR

Anders Sandberg (
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 12:26:06 +0200 (MET DST)

On Wed, 23 Jul 1997, Eric Watt Forste wrote:

> 253 Mathilde is the first carbonaceous chondrite asteroid to be
> thus imaged. Carbonaceous chondrites are richer in volatiles
> containing carbon atoms than are the stony sort of asteroid
> represented by Gaspra and Ida. This is interesting because carbon
> atoms will probably be extremely important to all future forms of
> life.

When I saw the photos, my first thought was "Yummy! Something tasty
to put my assemblers into!"

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
GCS/M/S/O d++ -p+ c++++ !l u+ e++ m++ s+/+ n--- h+/* f+ g+ w++ t+ r+ !y