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Solar system Deep Time-Surveys of atmospheres, surfaces, and rings

Wong, Michael H. and Cartwright, Richard and Chanover, Nancy and Sayanagi, Kunio and Greathouse, Thomas and Tiscareno, Matthew and Giles, Rohini and Orton, Glenn and Trilling, David and Sinclair, James and Pinilla-Alonso, Noemi and Lucas, Michael and Gaidos, Eric and Holler, Bryan and Milam, Stephanie and Otarola, Angel and Simon, Amy and de Kleer, Katherine and Nixon, Conor and Fry, Patrick and Ádámkovics, Máté and Luszcz-Cook, Statia H. and Hendrix, Amanda (2019) Solar system Deep Time-Surveys of atmospheres, surfaces, and rings. Astro2020 Science White Paper, . (Unpublished)

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Imaging and resolved spectroscopy reveal varying environmental conditions in our dynamic solar system. Many key advances have focused on how these conditions change over time. Observatory-level commitments to conduct annual observations of solar system bodies would establish a long-term legacy chronicling the evolution of dynamic planetary atmospheres, surfaces, and rings. Science investigations will use these temporal datasets to address potential biosignatures, circulation and evolution of atmospheres from the edge of the habitable zone to the ice giants, orbital dynamics and planetary seismology with ring systems, exchange between components in the planetary system, and the migration and processing of volatiles on icy bodies, including Ocean Worlds. The common factor among these diverse investigations is the need for a very long campaign duration, and temporal sampling at an annual cadence.

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Wong, Michael H.0000-0003-2804-5086
Sayanagi, Kunio0000-0001-8729-0992
Orton, Glenn0000-0001-7871-2823
Trilling, David0000-0003-4580-3790
Gaidos, Eric0000-0002-5258-6846
Simon, Amy0000-0003-4641-6186
de Kleer, Katherine0000-0002-9068-3428
Fry, Patrick0000-0002-7367-6541
Group:Astronomy Department
Series Name:Astro2020 Science White Paper
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20190425-160735433
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Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:25 Apr 2019 23:23
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