Comment on "Constraints on the source of lunar cataclysm impactors" (Cuk et al., 2010, Icarus 207, 590-594)
Cuk et al. (Cuk, M., Gladman, B.J., Stewart, S.T. . Icarus 207, 590-594) argue that the projectiles bombarding the Moon at the time of the so-called lunar cataclysm could not have been mainbelt asteroids ejected by purely gravitational means, in contradiction with a conclusion that was reached by Strom et al. (Strom, R.G., Malhotra, R., Ito, T., Yoshida, F., Kring, D.A. . Science 309, 1847-1850). We demonstrate that Cuk et al.'s argument is erroneous because, contrary to their arguments, the lunar highlands do register the cataclysm impacts, lunar class 1 craters do not represent the size distribution of the cataclysm craters, and the crater size distributions on the late-forming basins are quite similar to those of the highlands craters, albeit at a lower number density due to the rapid decline of the impact flux during the cataclysm.