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Marco Polo: near Earth object sample return mission

Dotto, E.; Barucci, M. A.; Yoshikawa, M.; Koschny, D.; Boehnhardt, H.; Brucato, J. R.; Coradini, M.; Franchi, I. A.; Green, S. F.; Josset, J. L.; Kawaguchi, J.; Michel, P.; Muinonen, K.; Oberst, J.; Yano, H. and Binzel, R. P. (2008). Marco Polo: near Earth object sample return mission. Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana - Supplementi, 12(Supple) pp. 102–109.

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Abstract

Marco Polo is a joint European-Japanese mission of sample return from a Near Earth Object. The Marco Polo proposal was submitted to ESA on July 2007 in the framework of the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 context, and on October 2007 passed the first evaluation process. The primary objectives of this mission is to visit a primitive NEO, belonging to a class that cannot be related to known meteorite types, to characterize it at multiple scales, and to bring samples back to Earth. Marco Polo will give us the first opportunity for detailed laboratory study of the most primitive materials that formed the planets. This will allow us to improve our knowledge on the processes which governed the origin and early evolution of the Solar System, and possibly of the life on Earth.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 1824-0178
Keywords: near Earth objects; sample return; space mission
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 15428
Depositing User: Karen Guyler
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2009 15:07
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2012 19:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15428
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