AGU SESSION PS3960: SOLAR SYSTEM SMALL BODIES – RELICS OF FORMATION & NEW WORLDS TO EXPLORE

The composition and physical properties of Small Solar System Bodies (SSSBs), remnants of the formation of planets, are key to better understand the origins of our solar system and their potential as resources is necessary for robotic and human exploration. Missions
such as ESA/Gaia, NASA/OSIRIS-REx, JAXA/Hyabusa-2, NASA/Dawn and NASA/New Horizons, to study asteroids, comets, dwarf planets and TNOs are poised to provide new in situ information. on SSSBs.  Recent remote observations of bright and main belt comets; asteroid Chariklo, with its ring system; asteroid and KBO binaries illustrate that the distinction between comets and asteroids is blurred, providing a new paradigm for such classification. This session welcomes abstracts on the remarkable results bringing information on the internal structure and composition of SSSBs based on space and ground-based data,
numerical models, as well as instrument/mission concepts in the prospect of future exploration.

Deadline for abstract submission: 6 August 23:59 EDT/03:59 +1 GMT

For more information visit:

https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm14/webprogrampreliminary/Session3960.html

Conveners:
Padma A Yanamandra-Fisher, Space Science Institute, USA
Julie C Castillo, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA
Franck Marchis, Carl Sagan Center, SETI institute, USA
Carey Michael Lisse, JHU-APL, USA

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