The Castalia mission to Main Belt Comet 133P/Elst-Pizarro

@article{Snodgrass2017TheCM,
  title={The Castalia mission to Main Belt Comet 133P/Elst-Pizarro},
  author={C. Snodgrass and G. Jones and H. Boehnhardt and A. Gibbings and M. Homeister and N. Andr{\'e} and P. Beck and M. Bentley and I. Bertini and N. Bowles and M. Capria and C. Carr and M. Ceriotti and A. Coates and V. D. Corte and K. Hanna and A. Fitzsimmons and P. Gutierrez and O. Hainaut and A. H{\'e}rique and M. Hilchenbach and H. Hsieh and E. Jehin and O. Karatekin and W. Kofman and L. Lara and K. Laudan and J. Licandro and S. Lowry and F. Marzari and A. Masters and K. Meech and F. Moreno and A. Morse and R. Orosei and A. Pack and D. Plettemeier and D. Prialnik and A. Rotundi and M. Rubin and J. P. S{\'a}nchez and S. Sheridan and M. Trieloff and A. Winterboer},
  journal={Advances in Space Research},
  year={2017},
  volume={62},
  pages={1947-1976}
}
We describe Castalia, a proposed mission to rendezvous with a Main Belt Comet (MBC), 133P/Elst-Pizarro. MBCs are a recently discovered population of apparently icy bodies within the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, which may represent the remnants of the population which supplied the early Earth with water. Castalia will perform the first exploration of this population by characterising 133P in detail, solving the puzzle of the MBC’s activity, and making the first in situ… Expand
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