Comets: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We Want To Go Next

Zolensky, Michael E. and Grady, Monica M. (2018). Comets: Where We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We Want To Go Next. Elements, 14(2) pp. 83–86.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2138/gselements.14.2.83

Abstract

We introduce the principal mysteries surrounding comets; discuss the proposed importance of comets to the origin of water and organic compounds in the inner solar system; and summarize the history of cometary observation, study, and exploration over the past 22 centuries.

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