Orbiting the sun in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter is an oblong, asphalt colored object named Mathilde. Astronomers describe it as a loosely packed rubble pile, about 50 kilometers wide whose relatively small mass creates a gravitational pull 1,000 times weaker than earth’s. This dark, carbon rich conglomerate of matter is pock mocked with impact craters that reveal a history of violence in an existence that could otherwise probably be classified as pretty boring.

Tucked between two large craters named Damodar and Ishikari, is a 2.9-kilometer wide impact crater named Matanuska.

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