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White Paper on the Case for Landed Mercury Science

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Tuesday, July 21, 2020

We advocate for establishing key scientific priorities for the future of Mercury exploration, including the development of specific science goals for a landed mission. We support the Mercury science community in fostering closer collaboration with ongoing and planned exoplanet investigations. The continued exploration of Mercury should be conceived as a multi-mission, multi-generational effort, and that the landed exploration of Mercury be a high scientific priority in the coming decade.


Paul K. Byrne, David T. Blewett, Nancy L. Chabot, Steven A. Hauck, II, Erwan Mazarico, Kathleen E. Vander Kaaden, Ronald J. Vervack


Comments: 8 pages, 6 figures, white paper prepared for the NASEM Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032

Subjects: Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:2007.09735 [astro-ph.IM] (or arXiv:2007.09735v1 [astro-ph.IM] for this version)

Submission history

From: Paul Byrne 

[v1] Sun, 19 Jul 2020 18:06:05 UTC (8,487 KB)

https://arxiv.org/abs/2007.09735


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