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Would it be possible either practically or theoretically for an asteroid or a meteor to slingshot its way through the atmosphere of Earth?

By this I assume you mean, enter the atmosphere while accelerating and then eject again into space?

If so, then I think that this is highly unlikely.  Most meteors are hauling ass when they enter earths atmosphere.  The atmosphere itself will be stripping it down and causing it to lose way more speed than any gravitational effect.  This will arrest any hope of having a parabolic/pendular/slingshot-like trajectory.

Basically, once something with that much mass and speed gets into the stratosphere(assuming it didn't just skip off, which is what most particles do) its pretty much here to stay.

I hope this helps!


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Dr. Jeffery Raymond


Materials chemistry. Materials science. Spectroscopy. Polymer science. Physical Chemistry. General Physics. Technical writing. General Applied Mathematics. Nanomaterials. Optoelectronic Behavior. Science Policy.


Teaching: General Inorganic Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II, Physical Chemistry I, Polymeric Materials, General Physics I, Calculus I & II
My prior experience includes the United States Army and three years as a development chemist in industry. Currently I am the Assistant Director of the Laboratory for Synthetic Biological Interactions. All told, 13 years of experience in research, development and science education.

Texas A&M University, American Chemical Society, POLY-ACS, SPIE

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PhD Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Photophysics/Nanomaterials Concentration), MS Materials Science, BS Chemistry and Physics, Graduate Certificate in Science Policy, AAS Chemical Technology, AAS Engineering Technology

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