Simulating meteorite impacts - an outdoor field experiment

Felix Bettonvil*, S.J. de Vet, Gert Jan Netjes

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceedings/Edited volumeConference contributionScientific


We report on the design of a meteorite impact simulator and evaluate the first results. Artificial meteorites were dropped on the ground with realistic terminal velocities. The soil disturbance and impact pit remained recognizable for approximately 3 months. These experiments foster our understanding of impact dynamics in soft deformable top soils, and contribute observables to improve the success rate of meteorite search campaigns.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IMC, Proszló, 2022
EditorsU Pajer
PublisherInternational Meteor Organization
ISBN (Electronic)978-2-87355-035-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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