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N.H. Samarasinha (NOAO/KPNO)
Splitting of cometary nuclei are not uncommon. Splitting events are discussed extensively in the literature (e.g., Sekanina 1997 and references therein). Recent ``breakup'' of comet Linear (C/1999 S4) (Weaver & West 2000) underlines the importance of splitting events for understanding cometary nuclei.
I will discuss implications that these events have on the structure and rotation of cometary nuclei. Some aspects that may require attention during space missions to comets will also be discussed.
I thank NASA Planetary Astronomy Program for support.
Sekanina, Z. (1997) A&A, vol 318, L5-L8.
Weaver, H., and West, R. (2000) IAU Circular 7476.