An object (such as a meteorite) that collides with another body.
- Small impactors deliver meteorites, while large ones infrequently wreak global devastation.
- The impactor and comet will collide at 10.2km per second, releasing the energy equivalent of 4.4 tonnes of exploding TNT.
- Although dramatic images of the impact may be sent to Earth in near-real time by the Deep Impact spacecraft and its impactor, the spacecraft themselves have limited remote sensing capability.
For editors and proofreaders
Definition of impactor in:
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.