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Space Sciences Series of ISSI

Role of Sample Return in Addressing Major Questions in Planetary Sciences

Editors: Anand, M., Russell, S., Lin, Y., Wadhwa, M., Marhas, K.K., Tachibana, S. (Eds.)

  • A comprehensive look into Solar System studies based on geochemical analysis of extraterrestrial samples
    Useful for planning future sample return missions
    Identifies the major outstanding science questions in planetary science

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In the past 50 years, our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Solar System has grown exponentially, in large part due to the availability of meteorites and the success of sample return missions. This book contains fourteen papers, each led by a team of expert scientists, which review our present understanding of Solar System formation and evolution through sample analysis.The chapters are structured around three main themes: (i) initial conditions and workings of the Solar System; (ii) planetary habitats; and (iii) sample curation. Through these themes, the volume presents the outstanding scientific questions to be addressed through future missions, identifies specific target bodies to be studied, and evaluates relevant sample curation facilities. In all, the book is intended to assist in formulating a viable strategy for planning future sample return missions.Previously published in Space Science Reviews in the Topical Collection "Role of Sample Return in Addressing Major Questions in Planetary Sciences”

About the authors

Mahesh Anand is a Professor of Planetary Science and Exploration at the Open University, UK. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK and subsequently worked as a researcher at the University of Tennessee, USA and at the Natural History Museum, in London, UK before joining the OU. His recent research has focused on understanding the origin and distribution of volatiles in the inner Solar System through laboratory investigations of extraterrestrial samples. He has authored >100 research papers in journals of high-scientific standing and currently chairs the UK-node of the NASA Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI).
Sara Russell is Merit Researcher in Cosmic Mineralogy at the Natural History Museum in London, UK, and Visiting Professor at the Open University, UK. She received her PhD from the Open University and worked as a Lindemann postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology, USA and NASA funded postdoc at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington DC, USA, before taking up her position at the Museum. Sara analyses meteorites and material returned from space missions to answer fundamental questions about the formation of the Solar System and evolution of the Earth’s Moon. Sara is the proud namesake of Asteroid (5497) Sararussell.
Yangting Lin is a Professor and deputy director of the Key Laboratory of Earth and Planetary Physics, Institute of Geology and Geophysics, CAS. He received his PhD from the Institute of Geochemistry, CAS, and worked as an Associate, and then a full Professor in Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, CAS, before joining IGGCAS. Since Chang’E-1, Yangting has been deeply involved in Chinese lunar and deep space exploration program. His team decoded the latest phase of volcanic history of the Imbrium basin and determined the lunar deep interior’s composition from the in situ exploration data acquired by the lunar rover Yutu-1 and 2. He has published about 130 peer-reviewed papers.
Meenakshi Wadhwa is a planetary scientist and educator. She received her doctorate from Washington University in St. Louis. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California at San Diego and curator in the Department of Geology at the Field Museum in Chicago before moving to Arizona State University (ASU), where she is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration. At ASU, she served as director of the Center for Meteorite Studies for over 12 years and is currently director of the School of Earth and Space Exploration. She is a recipient of the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society. She was recently awarded an American Council on Education Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. Asteroid 8356 is named 8356 Wadhwa in her honor.
Kuljeet Kaur Marhas is a cosmochemist who has been involved in analyses of samples returned from NASA Stardust and JAXA Hayabusa-1 mission. She received her doctorate degree from Physical Research Laboratory, India and was a postdoc at Max Planck Institute fur Cosmochimie, Mainz Germany, followed by research associateship at McDonnell Centre for Space science, Washington University St Louis USA. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Planetary Sciences Division at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, India. She has received numerous awards and fellowships including ‘Indian National Science Academy young scientist’, ‘Women Excellence Award, SERB, India’, ‘Eminent Mass Spectrometerist’. She is a conferred fellow of American Geophysical Union for receiving D. Lal Medal.
Shogo Tachibana is a cosmochemist who is interested in what was responsible for making diverse Solar System planets, including the Earth. He received his doctorate from Osaka University, Japan. He has been involved in Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx asteroids sample return missions. He has worked to set the scientific goal of Hayabusa2 and to develop the sample acquisition system. He is now a professor at UTokyo Organization for Planetary and Space Science, the University of Tokyo, and is also a specially appointed professor at Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA. He is a recipient of the Nier Prize of the Meteoritical Society and the Paul W. Gast Lectureship from the European Association of Geochemistry and the Geochemical Society.

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Role of Sample Return in Addressing Major Questions in Planetary Sciences
  • Mahesh Anand
  • Sara Russell
  • Yangting Lin
  • Meenakshi Wadhwa
  • Kuljeet Kaur Marhas
  • Shogo Tachibana
Series Title
Space Sciences Series of ISSI
Series Volume
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature B.V.
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Number of Pages
VI, 503
Number of Illustrations
22 b/w illustrations, 90 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Spin-off from Space Science Reviews in the Topical Collection "Role of Sample Return in Addressing Major Questions in Planetary Sciences"