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
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.