3D Asteroid Model Set

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Hold an asteroid (or three) in the palm of your hand with this 3D model set.
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This 3D Asteroid Model Set was previously included in the Space & Beyond Box and features 3D printed replicas of unusual asteroids Kleopatra, Eros, and Arrokoth along with a few fun facts about each.

216 Kleopatra (3.5cm x 1.51cm x 1.31cm)
-Shaped like a dog bone and about the size of the state of New Jersey, Kleopatra is a strange asteroid. Astronomers believe it's mostly made of nickel and iron, but the asteroid isn't even completely solid; instead, its surface is a loosely consolidated rubble pile. Kleopatra orbits in the main asteroid belt, between Mars and Jupiter.

433 Eros (3.5cm x 1.81cm x 1.28cm)
-Named after the Greek god of love, Eros was the first asteroid to be orbited by a spacecraft. Eros is an S-type asteroid, the most common type of asteroid in the inner asteroid belt. When the NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft studied Eros, astronomers found that the asteroid is much smaller than they had predicted. It has two medium-sized craters and a density similar to Earth's crust. It orbits in the inner solar system, not far from Earth.

486958 Arrokoth (3.5cm x 1.96cm x 1.0cm)
-When New Horizons flew by Arrokoth on January 1, 2019, the spacecraft recorded a very red and unusually shaped asteroid in the Kuiper Belt, far out in a distant solar system. Described by son as a "flattened snowman," Arrokoth has a shape that surprised astronomers when they got their first close-up look at the asteroid. The word Arrokoth means "sky" in the Powhatan/Algonquian language.


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