Astronomical observations of volatiles on asteroids

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Edited by: Patrick MichelFrancesca E. DeMeo, and William F. Bottke Jr.



We have long known that water and hydroxyl are important components in meteorites and asteroids. However, in the time since the publication of Asteroids III, evolution of astronomical instrumentation, laboratory capabilities, and theoretical models have led to great advances in our understanding of H2O/OH on small bodies, and spacecraft observations of the Moon and Vesta have important implications for our interpretations of the asteroidal population. We begin this chapter with the importance of water/OH in asteroids, after which we will discuss their spectral features throughout the visible and near-infrared. We continue with an overview of the findings in meteorites and asteroids, closing with a discussion of future opportunities, the results from which we can anticipate finding in Asteroids V. Because this topic is of broad importance to asteroids, we also point to relevant in-depth discussions elsewhere in this volume.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Astronomical observations of volatiles on asteroids
ISBN 978-0-8165-3213-1
DOI 10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816532131-ch004
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher University of Arizona Press
Publisher location Tuscon, AZ
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description 13 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Asteroids IV
First page 65
Last page 87