GAUSS - genesis of asteroids and evolution of the solar system: A sample return mission to Ceres

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Abstract

The goal of Project GAUSS (Genesis of Asteroids and evolUtion of the Solar System) is to return samples from the dwarf planet Ceres. Ceres is the most accessible candidate of ocean worlds and the largest reservoir of water in the inner Solar System. It shows active volcanism and hydrothermal activities in recent history. Recent evidence for the existence of a subsurface ocean on Ceres and the complex geochemistry suggest past habitability and even the potential for ongoing habitability.

Original languageEnglish
JournalExperimental Astronomy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • Ceres
  • Dwarf planet
  • Habitability
  • Ocean world
  • Sample return
  • Voyage 2050

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