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What aRE asteroidS?

The different types of asteroids and where they are located

asteroid 243 Ida

This color picture is made by the imaging system on NASA’s Galileo spacecraft before its closest approach to asteroid 243 Ida. The range from the spacecraft was about 10,500 kilometers (6,500 miles). Ida’s moon (Dactyl) is visible to the right of the asteroid. Photo: NASA/JPL

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