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The proposed Caroline ESA M3 mission to a Main Belt Comet

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We describe Caroline, a mission proposal submitted to the European Space Agency in 2010 in response to the Cosmic Visions M3 call for medium-sized missions. Caroline would have travelled to a Main Belt Comet (MBC), characterizing the object during a flyby, and capturing dust from its tenuous coma for return to Earth. MBCs are suspected to be transition objects straddling the traditional boundary between volatile–poor rocky asteroids and volatile–rich comets. The weak cometary activity exhibit...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1016/j.asr.2018.02.032

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Atmos Ocean & Planet Physics
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Advances in Space Research Journal website
Volume:
62
Issue:
8
Pages:
1921-1946
Publication date:
2018-03-02
Acceptance date:
2018-02-25
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EISSN:
1879-1948
ISSN:
0273-1177
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832396
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uuid:1b6ab3e4-052a-4d4d-a1e0-ccc6ca432812
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2018-10-30

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