Marco Polo Workshop
This is the first open Workshop on the Marco Polo mission, jointly organized by the Côte d'Azur Observatory and ESA.
The workshop objectives are to present the current status of the Marco Polo study activities within ESA and the international scheme that is being put in place to make the mission happen. It also invites scientific presentations about the current state of asteroid research and sample analysis, in particular addressing points where a NEO sample return mission would contribute, as well as presentations about possible payload elements, sampling requirements, mechanisms and facilities.
This workshop provides an opportunity to the wide planetary science community to interact with the Marco Polo Science Study Team and ESA to further refine the mission's goals, its science drivers, and the necessary technology developments for the science payload.