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17 - Epilogue

The Renaissance of Main Belt Asteroid Science

from Part III - Implications for the Formation and Evolution of the Solar System

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 April 2022

Simone Marchi
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado
Carol A. Raymond
California Institute of Technology
Christopher T. Russell
University of California, Los Angeles
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This book depicts a vivid and vibrant image of modern Main Belt asteroid science. In the last decade, thanks to the exploration by the NASA Dawn mission and the advent of high-resolution Earth-bound observations, we have entered a renaissance of Main Belt asteroid science. Formation theories, dynamical models, meteorite geochemical data, remote and in-situ observations synergistically show asteroids are leftover building blocks of planetary formation and tracers of important evolutionary processes (e.g., collisions, orbital migration) that have shaped the evolution of the early Solar System. Planned missions such as NASA’s Lucy and Psyche (scheduled to launch in 2021 and 2022) will surely provide additional colorful strokes to our ever-evolving portrait of the Main Belt.

Vesta and Ceres
Insights from the Dawn Mission for the Origin of the Solar System
, pp. 262 - 264
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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