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Habitability of Small Bodies — State of Knowledge and Motivations for Exploration in the Next Decade

Whitepaper #139 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: habitability and water; ocean worlds; primitive bodies

Published onMar 18, 2021
Habitability of Small Bodies — State of Knowledge and Motivations for Exploration in the Next Decade

This white paper addresses the following priority question identified by NASA’s Small Bodies Assessment Group: Do sustainable habitable environments exist on any of the small bodies? This question is motivated by the results of the Dawn and New Horizons missions at Ceres and the Pluto system during the past decade.


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