The Feasibility and Benefits of In Situ Exploration of ‘Oumuamua-like Objects

  title={The Feasibility and Benefits of In Situ Exploration of ‘Oumuamua-like Objects},
  author={Darryl Seligman and G. Laughlin},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  • Darryl Seligman, G. Laughlin
  • Published 2018
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • A rapid accumulation of observations and interpretation have followed in the wake of 1I `Oumuamua's passage through the inner Solar System. We briefly outline the consequences that this first detection of an interstellar asteroid implies for the planet-forming process, and we assess the near-term prospects for detecting and observing (both remotely and in situ) future Solar System visitors of this type. Drawing on detailed heat-transfer calculations that take both `Oumuamua's unusual shape and… CONTINUE READING

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