This Day In Astro History

Ida and Dactyl
Ida and Dactyl imaged by Galileo spacecraft on February 17, 1994.

May 2

1996 - Doublet Craters Show That Many Asteroids Have Moons by Jay Melosh and William Bottke. Computer simulations showed that some asteroids, after experiencing a close approach with the Earth, are split into multiple fragments by Earth's gravitational forces.
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