Primitive Meteorites and Asteroids: Physical, Chemical, and Spectroscopic Observations Paving the Way to Exploration covers the physical, chemical and spectroscopic aspects of asteroids, providing important data and research on carbonaceous chondrites and primitive meteorites. This information is crucial to the success of missions to parent bodies, thus contributing to an understanding of the early solar system. The book offers an interdisciplinary perspective relevant to many fields of planetary science, as well as cosmochemistry, planetary astronomy, astrobiology, geology and space engineering.
Including contributions from planetary and missions scientists worldwide, the book collects the fundamental knowledge and cutting-edge research on carbonaceous chondrites and their parent bodies into one accessible resource, thus contributing to the future of space exploration.
- Presents the most current data and information on the mission-relevant characteristics of primitive asteroids
- Addresses the physical, chemical and spectral characteristics of carbonaceous chondritic meteorites and the bearings on successful exploration of their parent asteroids
- Includes chapters on geotechnical properties and resource extraction
1. History of Asteroid Missions 2. Petrology of Hydrated Carbonaceous Chondrites 3. Thermal Histories in Carbonaceous Chondrites 4. The Origin and Evolution of Organic Matter in Carbonaceous Chondrites and Links to Asteroid Parent Bodies 5. Reflectance Spectroscopy of Carbonaceous Chondrites 6. Compositional Diversity among Primitive Asteroids 7. The Density, Porosity, and Strength Properties of Near-Earth Primitive Asteroids 8. Geotechnical Properties of Asteroids Affecting Surface Operations, Mining, and ISRU Activities 9. Scale-dependent Strength Properties of Regoliths 10. Linking Water-Rich Asteroids to Carbonaceous Chondrites: Implications for Asteroid Space Missions 11. Exploring the Possible Continuum Between Comets and Asteroids 12. Practical Applications of the ARRM Mission Related to ISRU in Support of Human Exploration 13. Other Missions to Asteroids
Dr. Abreu is a Planetary Scientist with a background in geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, physics, and astronomy. Dr. Abreu's interests are: (1) determining the effects of asteroidal processes that resulted in the mineralogical and petrologic characteristics of chondrites, including brecciation, aqueous alteration, thermal metamorphism, and shock metamorphism; (2) understanding the origin and distribution of volatiles and organics in chondritic meteorites, including hydrated silicates; (3) determining the spatial scale of chemical compositional variations resulting from processes operating on asteroidal regoliths; (4) using chondrites to constrain the composition and structure of asteroidal regoliths and (5) determining what can be learned about asteroidal regoliths from proximity and contact exploration. Dr. Abreu has published and refereed numerous peer-reviewed articles on the characteristics of carbonaceous chondrites. She has served as the principal of a NASA grant and collaborator in several others. She was part of the 2009-2010 Antarctic Search for Meteorites field season, for which she received the NSF Antarctic Service Medal. Dr. Abreu has been part of numerous NASA grant review panels and served in the program committees of national and international conferences.