Interstellar Now! Missions to Explore Nearby Interstellar Objects

  title={Interstellar Now! Missions to Explore Nearby Interstellar Objects},
  author={Andreas M. Heina and T. M. Eubanks and Manasvi Lingam and Adam Hibberd and Dan Fries and Jean Schneider and Pierre Kervella and Robert G. Kennedy and Nikolaos Perakis and Bernd Dachwald},
  journal={Advances in Space Research},
Two extrasolar objects, 1I/'Oumuamua, 2I/Borisov, have passed through our home system in just the last three years. Such interstellar objects provide a previously unforeseen chance to directly sample physical material from other stellar systems. By analyzing these interlopers, we can acquire data and deduce information about their planetary system of origin, planetary formation, galactic evolution and possibly even molecular biosignatures or even clues about panspermia. In this paper, we show… Expand

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