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Mercury sample return to revolutionize our understanding of the solar system

Whitepaper #042 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: interior evolution and volcanism; Mercury and/or the Moon; solar system formation, dynamics processes, and chronology

Published onMar 18, 2021
Mercury sample return to revolutionize our understanding of the solar system

Collecting a sample from the surface of Mercury and sending it to Earth for in-depth analysis would allow for transformative solar system science to be conducted. A sample from Mercury would be an invaluable scientific resource for generations to come, enabling the most sophisticated measurements to be brought to bear for decades.


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