From science questions to Solar System exploration

Véronique Dehant, Michel Blanc, Steve Mackwell, Krista M. Soderlund, Pierre Beck, Emma Bunce, Sébastien Charnoz, Bernard Foing, Valerio Filice, Leigh N. Fletcher, François Forget, Léa Griton, Heidi Hammel, Dennis Höning, Takeshi Imamura, Caitriona Jackman, Yohai Kaspi, Oleg Korablev, Jérémy Leconte, Emmanuel LellouchBernard Marty, Nicolas Mangold, Patrick Michel, Alessandro Morbidelli, Olivier Mousis, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, Tilman Spohn, Juergen Schmidt, Veerle J. Sterken, Nicola Tosi, Ann C. Vandaele, Pierre Vernazza, Allona Vazan, Frances Westall

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This chapter reviews the way the six key questions about planetary systems, from their origins to the way they work and their habitability, identified in Chapter 1 (Blanc et al., 2021), can be addressed by means of solar system exploration, and how one can find partial answers to these six questions by flying to the different provinces to the solar system: terrestrial planets, giant planets, small bodies, and up to its interface with the local interstellar medium. It derives from this analysis a synthetic description of the most important space observations to be performed at the different solar system objects by future planetary exploration missions. These “observation requirements” illustrate the diversity of measurement techniques to be used as well as the diversity of destinations where these observations must be made. They constitute the base for the identification of the future planetary missions we need to fly by 2061, which are described in Chapter 4.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlanetary Exploration Horizon 2061
Subtitle of host publicationA Long-Term Perspective for Planetary Exploration
Number of pages111
ISBN (Electronic)9780323902267
ISBN (Print)9780323902274
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

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  • Planets
  • Small bodies
  • Solar System


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