This collective knowledge, prepared by a team of more than one hundred international authorities on asteroids, includes new insights into asteroid-meteorite connections, possible relationships with comets, and the hazards posed by asteroids colliding with Earth. The book's contents include reports on surveys based on remote observation and summaries of physical properties; results of in situ exploration; studies of dynamical, collisional, cosmochemical, and weathering evolutionary processes; and discussions of asteroid families and the relationships between asteroids and other solar system bodies. Two previous Space Science Series volumes have established standards for research into asteroids. Asteroids III carries that tradition forward in a book that will stand as the definitive source on its subject for the next decade.
"Asteroids was published in 1979 and Asteroids II in 1989, so do we need yet another huge volume on these insignificant little rocks just 13 years later? Has asteroid science really advanced so much in such a short time, and have we learned so much more about them that we did not know before? If you already have the first two volumes, do you need the third? Well, I'm afraid the answer to all of these questions is clear and unambiguous; it is yes!" —The Observatory