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The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study

Buratti, Bonnie and Asphaug, Erik and Bauer, James and Bellerose, Julie and Blewett, David T. and Bottke, William and Britt, Daniel and Castillo-Rogez, Julie and Denk, Tilmann and Haghighipour, Nader and Li, Jian-Yang and Nesvorny, David and Rivkin, Andrew and Scheeres, Daniel and Sykes, Mark V. and Thomas, Peter and Verbiscer, Anne and Vilas, Faith and Yano, Hajime and Cartwright, Richard and Holt, Timothy (2021) The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study. Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, 53 (4), p. 136. American Astronomical Society. doi: 10.3847/25c2cfeb.298c2878. ISSN 0002-7537.

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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 Earth-orbiting 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.

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Document Type:Article
Title:The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Buratti, BonnieJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Asphaug, ErikUniversity of ArizonaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bauer, JamesUniversity of MarylandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bellerose, JulieJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Blewett, David T.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, MS MP3-E169, Laurel, MD 20723UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bottke, WilliamSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 80302, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Britt, DanielUniv. of Central FloridaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Castillo-Rogez, JulieJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology,UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Denk, TilmannUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0764-3677UNSPECIFIED
Haghighipour, NaderIFA/Univ. of HawaiiUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Li, Jian-YangPlanetary Sciences InstituteUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Nesvorny, DavidSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rivkin, AndrewJohn Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laured, MD, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Scheeres, DanielUniversity of Colorado, Boulder, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sykes, Mark V.Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ, United States.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, PeterCornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Verbiscer, AnneUniversity of VirginiaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Vilas, FaithPlanetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yano, HajimeInstitute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Sagamihara 252-5210, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Holt, TimothyUniversity of Southern QueenslandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:18 March 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 136
Publisher:American Astronomical Society
Keywords:White paper; decadal survey; spacecraft; small satellites; Solar system; Phobos; Deimos; irregular moons
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Robotics
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R RO - Robotics
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Planetary Exploration
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Denk, Tilmann
Deposited On:13 Dec 2021 12:36
Last Modified:05 Dec 2023 10:18

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