The experts testimony

Academician Nikolai Vasilyev: 'Though the final choice between the asteroid and the comet theories has not yet been made, the chances of the stony asteroid version have recently grown substantially ... The comet theory has obviously lost its dominating position, but it is not clear whether the pressing problems can be solved within the asteroid alternative.'

Dr Vitalii Bronshten: 'We astronomers know two types of solar system bodies - comets and asteroids. We do not know anything else.' (A remark made to Dr Ol'khovatov about the geometeor theory.)

Dr Andrei Ol'khovatov: 'If for many years you were thinking about a meteorite or an alien spacecraft, of course, it would be very hard to change your point of view.' (This may disqualify you from jury duty.)

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