The Comet Nucleus TOUR (CONTOUR): A NASA Discovery Mission

Anita Cochran, Joseph Veverka, James Bell, Michael Belton, Johannes Benkhoff, Andrew Cheng, Benton Clark, Paul Feldman, Jochen Kissel, Paul Mahaffy, Michael Malin, Scott Murchie, Hasso Neimann, Tobias Owen, Mark Robinson, Gerhard Schwehm, Steve Squyres, Peter Thomas, Fred Whipple, Donald Yeomans

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In 1997, the COmet Nucleus TOUR (CONTOUR) was selected by NASA for a new start as part of the Discovery line. In this paper, we review the status of the mission, the mission timeline and the instruments to be flown. Detail is given of the science goals and how they are to be accomplished.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-300
Number of pages12
JournalEarth, Moon and Planets
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Comets
  • Missions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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