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Deep Impact and sample return

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Earth, Planets and Space200860:BF03352762

https://doi.org/10.1186/BF03352762

  • Received: 12 September 2006
  • Accepted: 4 October 2007
  • Published:

Abstract

Returning a cold sample containing the ices from a cometary nucleus has long been an unachievable goal of cometary scientists. The results from the Deep Impact encounter with comet Tempel 1 suggest that the task is much easier than previously thought. Thus a cold sample return with ice becomes an achievable goal, at least from comet Tempel 1 and plausibly from other, active Jupiter-family comets.

Key words

  • Comets
  • sample return
  • ice
  • nucleus

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