Small Bodies Tell the Story of the Solar System: A Scientific Rationale for a Multi-Target Small Body Sample Return Program including the Earth-based Laboratory Analysis of Returned SamplesOPEN ACCESS 

Seth A. Jacobson, Maitrayee Bose, Dennis Bodewits, Marc Fries, Devanshu Jha, Prajkta Mane, Larry Nittler, Scott Sandford, Michelle Thompson

A White Paper submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032


“Small bodies are time-capsules of different eras of solar system history from the most primitive materials within the solar system to evolved pieces of larger bodies. A small body sample return program is an essential component of small body exploration, and such a program should include opportunities for both missions and laboratory analysis. “