Sample Return Missions to Small Bodies

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A Specialist Discussion Meeting organised by: Mark Burchell (Kent) m.j.burchell<at> and Andrew Needham (OU) a.w.needham<at>


Summary: Space missions involving sample return from minor solar system bodies (comets and asteroids) are now a major part of Solar System science. The successful NASA mission to comet 81P/Wild-2 and the JAXA mission to asteroid Hayabusa are both yielding significant scientific insights into the composition, origin and evolution of these bodies. This meeting will bring together specialists in the analysis of extraterrestrial materials to discuss on-going analysis of existing samples, new developments in analysis techniques and plans for future such missions (e.g. Osiris-Rex and Marco Polo).


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