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Enceladus and Titan: emerging worlds of the Solar System

Sulaiman, Ali H. and Achilleos, Nicholas and Bertucci, Cesar and Coates, Andrew and Dougherty, Michele and Hadid, Lina and Holmberg, Mika and Hsu, Hsiang-Wen and Kimura, Tomoki and Kurth, William and Le Gall, Alice and McKevitt, James and Morooka, Michiko and Murakami, Go and Regoli, Leonardo and Roussos, Elias and Saur, Joachim and Shebanits, Oleg and Solomonidou, Anezina and Wahlund, Jan-Erik and Waite, J. Hunter (2021) Enceladus and Titan: emerging worlds of the Solar System. Experimental Astronomy . ISSN 0922-6435. doi:10.1007/s10686-021-09810-z. (In Press)

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Some of the major discoveries of the recent Cassini-Huygens mission have put Titan and Enceladus firmly on the Solar System map. The mission has revolutionised our view of Solar System satellites, arguably matching their scientific importance with that of their host planet. While Cassini-Huygens has made big surprises in revealing Titan’s organically rich environment and Enceladus’ cryovolcanism, the mission’s success naturally leads us to further probe these findings. We advocate the acknowledgement of Titan and Enceladus science as highly relevant to ESA’s long-term roadmap, as logical follow-on to Cassini-Huygens. In this White Paper, we will outline important science questions regarding these satellites and identify the science themes we recommend ESA cover during the Voyage 2050 planning cycle. Addressing these science themes would make major advancements to the present knowledge we have about the Solar System, its formation, evolution, and likelihood that other habitable environments exist outside the Earth’s biosphere.

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Alternate Title:Enceladus and Titan: Emerging Worlds of the Solar System (ESA Voyage 2050 White Paper)
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Subject Keywords:Titan; Enceladus; Voyage 2050
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Official Citation:Sulaiman, A.H., Achilleos, N., Bertucci, C. et al. Enceladus and Titan: emerging worlds of the Solar System. Exp Astron (2021).
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