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The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study. White Paper for the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032

Buratti, B. J. and Asphaug, E. and Bauer, J.M. and Bellerose, J. and Blewett, D. T. and Bottke, W.F. and Britt, D. and Castillo-Rogez, J. and Denk, Tilmann and Haghighipour, N. and Li, J.-Y and Nesvorny, David and Rivkin, A. and Scheeres, D. J. and Sykes, M.V. and Thomas, P.C. and Verbiscer, A. and Vilas, F. and Yano, H. and Cartwright, R. and Holt, T. (2020) The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study. White Paper for the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. [Other]

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The small satellites are a diverse group of objects offering insights into the early formation of the Solar System and its collisional history. They can be subdivided into several groups: small inner moons, outer irregular moons, Martian moons, moons of asteroids, and moons of Centaurs/KBOs/TNOs. Many of these objects, especially the irregulars or their progenitors, are thought to be captured asteroids or Kuiper Belt Objects: a spacecraft mission that included them as targets would thus yield information on an object that came from elsewhere in the Solar System. Objects originating from the same reservoir as the irregular satellites may have brought both pre-biotic material and volatiles such as water to the inner Solar System. Flagship and New Frontiers class missions should plan trajectories and arrival times to capture spectroscopic and imaging observations of small satellites. It is also important to support ground-based and Earthorbiting observations of these objects, laboratory measurements of candidate surface materials, and curation facilities for organic materials and ice- and gas-based materials. We place a high priority on a robust participating scientist program for JAXA's MMX mission to Phobos and Deimos, as a similar mission was our highest priority New Frontiers class mission in the last Decadal Survey. A sample returned by this mission would include material from a primitive object and possibly the Martian surface. Scientific priorities for moons of asteroids and KBOs are covered in white papers for those objects.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/139193/
Document Type:Other
Additional Information:White Paper for the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032; Submitted 15 July 2020
Title:The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study. White Paper for the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Buratti, B. J.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena CA, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Asphaug, E.University of Arizona, School of Earth - Arizona State UniversityUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bauer, J.M.Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bottke, W.F.Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 80302, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Britt, D.Department of Physics, The University of Central Florida, Orlando, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Castillo-Rogez, J.NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Li, J.-YPlanetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona 85719, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nesvorny, DavidSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rivkin, A.john hopkins university applied physics laboratory, laurel, md, usaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Scheeres, D. J.University of Colorado, Boulder, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sykes, M.V.Planetary Science Institute,Tucson, AZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, P.C.Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, Ithaca, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Verbiscer, A.University of Virginia, VAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vilas, F.Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ 85719, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Holt, T.University of Southern QueenslandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Number of Pages:8
Keywords:Decadal Survey; Solar System; small satellites; irregular moons; Martian moons; moons of asteroids; moons of TNOs; moons of KBOs; moons of Centaurs; small moons of giant planets
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - LUCY, R - Projekt JUICE (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Denk, Tilmann
Deposited On:12 May 2021 11:40
Last Modified:12 May 2021 11:40

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