Europe's future exploration of Main Belt Comets

Snodgrass, Colin; Jones, Geraint; Bowles, Neil; Gibbings, Alison; Taylor, Matt; Franchi, Ian and Sheridan, Simon (2018). Europe's future exploration of Main Belt Comets. In: European Planetary Science Congress 2018, 12.


We discuss possible European missions to explore the recently identified population of "main belt comets", which are small bodies with some asteroid-like properties and some comet-like ones. Various options have been proposed to ESA in recent years, and we will present these, and discuss future possibilities.

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