Origin and Early Evolution of Comet Nuclei

Workshop honouring Johannes Geiss on the occasion of his 80th birthday

  • H. Balsiger
  • K. Altwegg
  • W. Huebner
  • T. Owen
  • R. Schulz

Part of the Space Sciences Series of ISSI book series (SSSI, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IV
  2. Hans Balsiger
    Pages 1-3
  3. W. F. Huebner
    Pages 5-25
  4. Julio A. Fernández
    Pages 27-42
  5. S. B. Charnley, S. D. Rodgers
    Pages 59-73
  6. Martin J. Duncan
    Pages 109-126
  7. Michael A. DiSanti, Michael J. Mumma
    Pages 127-145
  8. Dina Prialnik, Gal Sarid, Eric D. Rosenberg, Rainer Merk
    Pages 147-164
  9. N. Thomas, C. Alexander, H. U. Keller
    Pages 165-177
  10. Hervé Cottin, Nicolas Fray
    Pages 179-197
  11. Björn J. R. Davidsson
    Pages 207-223
  12. J. Biele, S. Ulamec
    Pages 275-289
  13. Kathrin Altwegg
    Pages 291-300
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 319-320

About this book


Comet nuclei are the most primitive bodies in the solar system. They have been created far away from the early Sun and it is supposed that their material has been altered the least since their formation.

This volume presents the results of a scientific workshop on comet nuclei and is written by experts working on interstellar clouds, star-forming regions, the solar nebula, and comets. The articles formulate the current understanding and interconnectivity of the various source regions of comet nuclei and their associated compositions and orbital characteristics. This includes a discussion on the transport of materials into the Kuiper belt and Oort cloud regions of the solar system. The distinction between direct measurements of cometary material properties and properties derived from indirect means are emphasized with the aim to guide future investigations.

This book serves as a guide for researchers and graduate students working in the field of planetology and solar system exploration. It should also help to influence the planning of scientific strategies for the encounter of the Rosetta spacecraft with Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.


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Editors and affiliations

  • H. Balsiger
    • 1
  • K. Altwegg
    • 2
  • W. Huebner
    • 3
  • T. Owen
    • 4
  • R. Schulz
    • 5
  1. 1.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität BernBernSwitzerland
  2. 2.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Space Research DivisionSouthwest Research Institute (SWRI)San AntonioUSA
  4. 4.Institute for AstronomyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA
  5. 5.European Space Agency (ESA)NoordwijkThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-85454-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-85455-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1385-7525
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