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ORIGO: A mission concept to challenge planetesimal formation theories

Marschall, Raphael and Thomas, Nicolas and Ulamec, Stephan and Hviid, Stubbe and Mottola, Stefano and Vincent, Jean-Baptiste and Ferri, Francesca and Herique, Alain and Plettemeier, Dirk and Kereszturi, Akos and Lavagna, Michèle R. and Prinetto, Jacopo and Dottori, Alice and Falke, Albert and da Silva Pais Cabral, Francisco (2023) ORIGO: A mission concept to challenge planetesimal formation theories. Frontiers in Space Technologies, 3. Frontiers Media S.A.. doi: 10.3389/frspt.2022.1054360. ISSN 2673-5075.

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Comets are generally considered among the most pristine objects in our Solar System. There have thus been significant efforts to understand these bodies. During the past decades, we have seen significant progress in our theoretical understanding of planetesimal/cometesimals (the precursors of comets) formation. Recent space missions—such as ESA’s Rosetta mission to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko—have provided observations claimed by proponents of different comet formation theories to validate their scenarios. Yet, no single formation paradigm could be definitively proven. Given the importance of understanding how the first bodies in our Solar System formed, we propose a dedicated mission to address this issue. ORIGO will deliver a lander to the surface of a cometary nucleus where it will characterise the first five m of the subsurface. With remote sensing instruments and the deployment of payload into a borehole, we will be able to study the physico-chemical structure of ancient, unmodified material. The mission has been designed to fit into the ESA M-class mission budget.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/195259/
Document Type:Article
Title:ORIGO: A mission concept to challenge planetesimal formation theories
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Marschall, RaphaelCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Laboratoire J.-L. Lagrange, Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur, Nice, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Thomas, NicolasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0146-0071UNSPECIFIED
Ulamec, StephanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8856-4622UNSPECIFIED
Mottola, StefanoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0457-3872UNSPECIFIED
Vincent, Jean-BaptisteUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6575-3079135770124
Ferri, FrancescaCentro di Ateneo di Studi ed Attività Spaziali “Giuseppe Colombo” (CISAS), University of Padova, Via Venezia 15, 35131 Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Herique, AlainLab. de Planétologie et de Géodynamique, Faculté des Sciences, Nantes, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Plettemeier, DirkTechnische Universität Dresden, Professur für Hochfrequenztechnik, Würzburger Str. 35, D-01187 Dresden, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kereszturi, AkosResearch Centre for Astronomy and Earth Sciences (MTA CSFK), Budapest, HungaryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Lavagna, Michèle R.Politecnico di Milano, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Prinetto, JacopoPolitecnico di Milano, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Dottori, AlicePolitecnico di Milano, ItalyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Falke, AlbertAirbus Defence and Space, Friedrichshafen, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
da Silva Pais Cabral, FranciscoGMV, SpainUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2023
Journal or Publication Title:Frontiers in Space Technologies
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Frontiers Media S.A.
Keywords:comets, lander, space mission
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 - Project CometInterceptor
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Space Operations and Astronaut Training > User center for space experiments (MUSC)
Deposited By: Vincent, Jean-Baptiste
Deposited On:26 May 2023 13:09
Last Modified:16 Apr 2024 04:13

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