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Paper: Dust Astronomy: New Venues in Interplanetary and Interstellar Dust Research
Volume: 272, The Future of Solar System Exploration, 2003-2013: Community Contributions to the NRC Solar System Exploration Decadal Survey
Page: 283
Authors: Grun, E.; Brown, P.G.; Graps, A.L.; Hahn, J.M.; Hamilton, D.P.; Harris, W.M.; Horanyi, M.; Huestis, D.L.; Krivov, A.; Kuchner, M.J.; Levasseur-Regourd, A.C.; Lien, D.J.; Liou, J.-C.; Lisse, C.M.; Meisel, D.D.; Reach, W.T.; Sitko, M.L.; Snow, T.P.; Srama, R.; Stansberry, J.A.; Sykes, M.V.; Yano, H.; Zolensky, M.E.
Abstract: Dust Astronomy is a new research area which investigates the properties of and the link between the interplanetary and interstellar dust. Both in-situ methods as well as remote sensing methods like optical and infrared observations are used to study the physical and chemical properties of the dust. These measurements need to be complemented by ground-based meteor studies and the analysis of collected dust samples. Major goals for the next decade are to characterize the Kuiper belt dust, the zodiacal and interstellar dust complex. It is recommended that (1) all missions to the outer solar system carry an in-situ dust detector, (2) a Cosmic Dust Observatory should be launched into heliocentric orbit, and (3) a Heliocentric High-Inclination Explorer infrared mission should be realized.
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