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The Case for Non-Cryogenic Comet Nucleus Sample Return

Whitepaper #168 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: life and prebiotic organics; primitive bodies

Published onMar 18, 2021
The Case for Non-Cryogenic Comet Nucleus Sample Return

The viewpoints of three New Frontiers comet sample return missions proposal teams, CAESAR, CONDOR, and CORSAIR. Analysis of returned samples from a comet nucleus will provide unparalleled knowledge about the Solar System’s starting materials and how they came together to form planets and give rise to life.


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