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Scientific Possibilities of a Solar Electric Powered Rendezvous with Comet Encke

  • Ray L. Newburn, C. Elachi, F. P. Fanale, C. E. Giffin, L. D. Jaffe, R. H. Parker, F. W. Taylor and T. E. Thorpe...

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The present observational problem of understanding the nature and origin of comets is analogous to that we would face in attempting to understand a planet and its atmosphere if we possessed only data on its ionosphere and exosphere. Virtually everything we can observe remotely is a part of the rapidly escaping gas and dust atmosphere of the comet.

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Scientific Possibilities of a Solar Electric Powered Rendezvous with Comet Encke

  • Ray L. Newburn, C. Elachi, F. P. Fanale, C. E. Giffin, L. D. Jaffe, R. H. Parker, F. W. Taylor and T. E. Thorpe...

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