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Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 89, Issue 1–4, pp 289–300 | Cite as

The Comet Nucleus Tour (Contour); A NASA Discovery Mission

  • Anita Cochran
  • Joseph Veverka
  • James Bell
  • Michael Belton
  • Johannes Benkhoff
  • Andrew Benkhoff
  • Benton Clark
  • Paul Feldman
  • Jochen Kissel
  • Paul Mahaffy
  • Michael Malin
  • Scott Murchie
  • Hasso Neimann
  • Tobias Owen
  • Mark Robinson
  • Gerhard Schwehm
  • Steve Squyres
  • Peter Thomas
  • Fred Whipple
  • Donald Yeomans
Article

Abstract

In 1997, the COmet Nucleus TOUR (CONTOUR) was selected byNASA for a new start as part of the Discovery line. In this paper, we review the status of the mission, the mission timeline and the instruments to be flown. Detail is given of the science goals and how they are to be accomplished.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anita Cochran
    • 1
  • Joseph Veverka
    • 2
  • James Bell
    • 2
  • Michael Belton
    • 3
  • Johannes Benkhoff
    • 4
  • Andrew Benkhoff
    • 5
  • Benton Clark
    • 6
  • Paul Feldman
    • 7
  • Jochen Kissel
    • 8
  • Paul Mahaffy
    • 9
  • Michael Malin
    • 10
  • Scott Murchie
    • 5
  • Hasso Neimann
    • 9
  • Tobias Owen
    • 11
  • Mark Robinson
    • 12
  • Gerhard Schwehm
    • 13
  • Steve Squyres
    • 2
  • Peter Thomas
    • 2
  • Fred Whipple
    • 14
  • Donald Yeomans
    • 15
  1. 1.Astronomy DepartmentUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.Cornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  3. 3.Belton Space Exploration Initiatives, LLC, 430 S. Randolph WayTucsonUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Space Sensoric & Planetary ExplorationBerlinGermany
  5. 5.Johns Hopkins APLLaurelUSA
  6. 6.Lockheed MartinDenverUSA
  7. 7.Department of Physics and AstronomyJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  8. 8.MPI für AstrophysikGarchingGermany
  9. 9.Laboratory for AtmospheresNASA/GSFC, Code 915GreenbeltUSA
  10. 10.Malin Space SciencesSan DiegoUSA
  11. 11.Institute for AstronomyHonoluluUSA
  12. 12.Northwestern University Geological SciencesEvanstonUSA
  13. 13.SO Division, Space Sciences Department of ESAESTECNoordwijk
  14. 14.Smithsonian Astrophysical ObservatoryCambridgeUSA
  15. 15.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryPasadenaUSA

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