Solar System Exploration

Small Bodies and Their Chemical and Physical Conditions

Authored by: Hikaru Yabuta

Handbook of Astrobiology

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138065123
eBook ISBN: 9781315159966
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b22230-51

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Abstract

Primitive small bodies are the remnants of planetesimals, which did not grow large enough to become planets. For understanding the history of the early solar system, it is therefore important to investigate these small bodies. In particular, it is very important to reveal the distributions and evolution of organic molecules and water in small bodies for understanding origins of life and planetary habitat.

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