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2003 EL61 is one of the strangest known objects in the solar system. It is a big across as Pluto, but shaped like a cigar. Or perhaps like a football [American-style]. Or, most accurately, a football that has too little air in it and has been stepped on. It spins end over end every 4 hours like a football that has been kicked. It appears to be made almost entirely of rock, but with a glaze of ice over the surface. It is surrounded by two tiny satellites and is followed in its orbit by a swarm of other small icy bodies.

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      NSDL_SetSpec_380601,kuyper belt,pluto,Space Science,2003 el61,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20110312193332675T,NSDL

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