Towards New Comet Missions

Thomas, N.; Ulamec, S.; Kührt, E.; Ciarletti, V.; Gundlach, B.; Yoldi, Z.; Schwehm, G.; Snodgrass, C.; Green, S. F. (2019). Towards New Comet Missions. Space science reviews, 215(8) Springer 10.1007/s11214-019-0611-0

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The Rosetta observations have greatly advanced our knowledge of the cometary nucleus and its immediate environment. However, constraints on the mission (both planned and unplanned), the only partially successful Philae lander, and other instrumental issues have inevitably resulted in open questions. Surprising results from the many successful Rosetta observations have also opened new questions, unimagined when Rosetta was first planned. We discuss these and introduce several mission concepts that might address these issues. It is apparent that a sample return mission as originally conceived in the 1980s during the genesis of Rosetta would provide many answers but it is arguable whether it is technically feasible even with today’s technology and knowledge. Less ambitious mission concepts are described to address the suggested main outstanding scientific goals.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > NCCR PlanetS

UniBE Contributor:

Thomas, Nicolas and Yoldi Martínez d. M., Zuriñe

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy
600 Technology > 620 Engineering

ISSN:

0038-6308

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dora Ursula Zimmerer

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2020 16:02

Last Modified:

04 Feb 2020 16:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s11214-019-0611-0

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.139345

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/139345

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