Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 April 2022
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.