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AMBITION -- Comet Nucleus Cryogenic Sample Return (White paper for ESA's Voyage 2050 programme)

D. Bockelée-Morvan 1 Gianrico Filacchione 2 Kathrin Altwegg 3 Eleonora Bianchi 4 Martin Bizzarro 5, 6 Jürgen Blum 7 Lydie Bonal 4 Fabrizio Capaccioni 2 Claudio Codella 4, 8 Mathieu Choukroun 9 Hervé Cottin 10 Björn Davidsson 9 Maria Cristina de Sanctis 2 Maria Drozdovskaya 11 Cécile Engrand 12 Marina Galand 13, 14 Carsten Güttler 15 Pierre Henri 16, 17 Alain Herique 4 Stavro Ivanoski 18 Rosita Kokotanekova 19 Anny Chantal Levasseur-Regourd 20 Kelly E. Miller 21 Alessandra Rotundi 2 Maria Schönbächler 22 Colin Snodgrass 23 Nicolas Thomas 3 Cecilia Tubiana 15 Stefan Ulamec 24 Jean-Baptiste Vincent 25
Abstract : This white paper proposes that AMBITION, a Comet Nucleus Sample Return mission, be a cornerstone of ESA's Voyage 2050 programme. We summarise some of the most important questions still open in cometary science after the successes of the Rosetta mission, many of which require sample analysis using techniques that are only possible in laboratories on Earth. We then summarise measurements, instrumentation and mission scenarios that can address these questions, with a recommendation that ESA select an ambitious cryogenic sample return mission. Rendezvous missions to Main Belt comets and Centaurs are compelling cases for M-class missions, expanding our knowledge by exploring new classes of comets. AMBITION would engage a wide community, drawing expertise from a vast range of disciplines within planetary science and astrophysics. With AMBITION, Europe will continue its leadership in the exploration of the most primitive Solar System bodies.
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D. Bockelée-Morvan, Gianrico Filacchione, Kathrin Altwegg, Eleonora Bianchi, Martin Bizzarro, et al.. AMBITION -- Comet Nucleus Cryogenic Sample Return (White paper for ESA's Voyage 2050 programme). 2020. ⟨insu-02197773⟩



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