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Laboratory perspectives on sample returns from Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx

The new generation of sample return missions from small bodies will deliver to us fresh witnesses from the early Solar System. In-depth laboratory analysis of retrieved samples will allow us to look in unprecedented detail at the formation and evolution of organic materials in asteroids.

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Fig. 1: Closing the loop thanks to retrieved samples.
Fig. 2: An example of analysis of an extraterrestrial sample using synchrotron-based techniques.

Top image, SOLEIL (https://www.synchrotron-soleil.fr/fr); bottom line, photo of instrument by authors, other images reproduced from ref. 22. Cambridge University Press

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Brunetto, R., Lantz, C. Laboratory perspectives on sample returns from Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx. Nat Astron 3, 290–292 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0744-9

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