Accession Number : AD0609879

Title :   NOTES ON THE BEGINNINGS OF MODERN METEORITICS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Sears,Paul M.

Report Date : JAN 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 11

Abstract : Soon after the beginning of the 19th Century, meteoritics was established as a cosmic science, but the general range of both its cosmic and terrestrial associations was not yet known. Furthermore, the science was primarily descriptive in nature. During the 19th Century it was to draw freely from other developing branches of knowledge to provide analytical explanations for many of its basic phenomena. In particular it would apply thermodynamics to help explain atmospheric retardation, and greatly improved astronomical observations to clarify the cosmic relations of shooting stars. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*METEORITES, THEORY), (*ASTRONOMY, METEORITES), METEORS, EXTRATERRESTRIAL TOPOGRAPHY, SOURCES, CELESTIAL MECHANICS, HISTORY

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE