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A small piece of space junk is at rest in outer space. A very small asteroid strikes it, exerting a force on it that is NOT directed through the piece of space junk's center of mass.

Which of the following describes the motion of the piece of space junk DURING the asteroid strike?

A

Because the asteroid is small, the space junk remains at rest.

B

The piece of space junk spins, but does NOT move linearly.

C

The piece of space junk moves at constant velocity linearly, but does NOT spin.

D

The piece of space junk accelerates linearly, but does NOT spin.

E

The piece of space junk accelerates linearly, AND spins.

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