EAS Publications Series
Volume 41, 2010Physics and Astrophysics of Planetary Systems
|Page(s)||313 - 324|
|Published online||08 January 2010|
T. Montmerle, D. Ehrenreich and A.-M. Lagrange (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 41 (2010) 313-324
Comets, tracers of the early Solar Nebula
LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon, France
Comets are made of ices, organics and minerals that record the chemistry of the outer regions of the primitive solar nebula where they agglomerated 4.6 Gyr ago. Compositional analyses of comets can provide important clues on the chemical and physical processes that occurred in the early phases of Solar System formation, and possibly in the natal molecular cloud that predated the formation of the solar nebula. This paper presents a short review of our present knowledge of the composition of comets, focussing on volatiles. Implications for the origin of cometary materials are discussed.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2010
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