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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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Abstract

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.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/147035/
Document Type:Article
Title:The Small Satellites of the Solar System: Priorities for the Decadal Study
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Buratti, BonnieJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Asphaug, ErikUniversity of ArizonaUNSPECIFIED
Bauer, JamesUniversity of MarylandUNSPECIFIED
Bellerose, JulieJet Propulsion LaboratoryUNSPECIFIED
Blewett, David T.Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, MS MP3-E169, Laurel, MD 20723UNSPECIFIED
Bottke, WilliamSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 80302, USAUNSPECIFIED
Britt, DanielUniv. of Central FloridaUNSPECIFIED
Castillo-Rogez, JulieJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology,UNSPECIFIED
Denk, TilmannTilmann.Denk (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0764-3677
Haghighipour, NaderIFA/Univ. of HawaiiUNSPECIFIED
Li, Jian-YangPlanetary Sciences InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Nesvorny, DavidSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, USAUNSPECIFIED
Rivkin, AndrewJohn Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laured, MD, USAUNSPECIFIED
Scheeres, DanielUniversity of Colorado, Boulder, USAUNSPECIFIED
Sykes, Mark V.Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ, United States.UNSPECIFIED
Thomas, PeterCornell University, Ithaca, NY, USAUNSPECIFIED
Verbiscer, AnneUniversity of VirginiaUNSPECIFIED
Vilas, FaithPlanetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZUNSPECIFIED
Yano, HajimeInstitute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Sagamihara 252-5210, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Cartwright, RichardSETIUNSPECIFIED
Holt, TimothyUniversity of Southern QueenslandUNSPECIFIED
Date:2021
Journal or Publication Title:Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Volume:53
DOI :10.3847/25c2cfeb.298c2878
Page Range:p. 136
Publisher:American Astronomical Society
ISSN:0002-7537
Status:Published
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:04 Jan 2022 12:14

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