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Comets and the Connection to Life

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 September 2017

K. J. Meech
Affiliation:
Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Dr., Honolulu, HI 96822
J. M. Bauer
Affiliation:
Institute for Astronomy, 2680 Woodlawn Dr., Honolulu, HI 96822

Abstract

We present a summary of ground-based work being done to gain an understanding of primitive comet, Centaur and Kuiper belt object compositions. We are seeing a diversity of compositions in outer solar system small bodies with respect to the presence of water and organics which may reflect both primordial differences and evolutionary processes.

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Origins and Evolution of Life
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Copyright © Astronomical Society of the Pacific 2004 

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