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Cryogenic Comet Sample Return

Whitepaper #014 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: life and prebiotic organics; primitive bodies; solar system formation, dynamics processes, and chronology

Published onMar 18, 2021
Cryogenic Comet Sample Return

High-priority science questions can be addressed by coordinated mineralogical, petrological, chemical and isotopic analyses of cometary materials from a cryogenic sample in which the ices are preserved. Cryocooler technology now has extensive heritage on spacecraft. This is a game-changer for cryogenic cometary sample return.


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