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Marco Polo: A near Earth object sample return mission

Barucci, M. A.; Yoshikawa, M.; Michel, P.; Kawaguchi, J.; Yano, H.; Brucato, J. R.; Franchi, I. A.; Dotto, E.; Fulchignoni, M.; Ulamec, S.; Boehnhardt, H.; Coradini, M.; Green, S. F.; Josset, J.-L.; Koschny, D.; Muinonen, K.; Oberst, J. and Marco Polo, Science Team (2008). Marco Polo: A near Earth object sample return mission. In: 39th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 10-14 Mar 2008, League City, Texas, USA.

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MARCO POLO is a joint European-Japanese sample return mission to a Near-Earth Object. In late 2007 this mission was selected by ESA, in the framework of COSMIC VISION 2015-2025, for an assessment scheduled to last until mid 2009.

This Euro-Asian mission will go to a primitive Near-Earth Object (NEO), such as a C or D type asteroid. The spacecraft will rendezvous with the object, and over an extended period scientifically characterize it at multiple scales and bring samples back to Earth for detailed scientific investigation.

Item Type: Conference Item
Extra Information: Abstract number 1746
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 10542
Depositing User: Simon Green
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 13:37
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