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The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study

Whitepaper #136 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: giant planets systems; other planetary bodies: small bodies; primitive bodies

Published onMar 18, 2021
The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study

This paper emphasizes the importance of studying the small moons of the Solar System, both the outer, irregular moons of the gas/ice giants, and the inner moons of planets. Observations of them should be considered in mission planning. We also advocate for a robust NASA Participating Scientist Program for JAXA’s MMX mission to Phobos and Deimos.


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