A Potential Aid in the Target Selection for the Comet Interceptor Mission

E. Vigren*, A. I. Eriksson, N. J. T. Edberg, C. Snodgrass

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Abstract / Description of output

The upcoming Comet Interceptor mission involves a parking phase around the Sun-Earth L2 point before transferring to intercept the orbit of a long period comet, interstellar object or a back-up target in the form of a short-period comet. The target is not certain to be known before the launch in 2029. During the parking phase there may thus arise a scenario wherein a decision needs to be taken of whether to go for a particular comet or whether to discard that option in the hope that a better target will appear within a reasonable time frame later on. We present an expectation value-based formalism that could aid in the associated decision making provided that outlined requirements for its implementation exist.
Original languageEnglish
Article number105765
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalPlanetary and space science
Early online date30 Aug 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Comets
  • Solar System
  • Probability Theory


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