Discovery of abundant, accessible hydrocarbons nearly everywhere in the solar system

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analysis of the data gathered during the Comet Halley encounter during 1987 resulted in a body of literature asserting that all comets contain substantial percentages of hydrocarbon solids. These solids appear to have a strong similarity to petrochemicals. Arguments are made that the amount of hydrocarbon material in the accessible comets of the inner Solar system can substantially exceed the known reserves of hydrocarbons on Earth. An example is given of at least one conceptually simple method to use comet material as feedstock for space transportation schemes that can move masses through the solar system comparable to the mass carried ... continued below

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Zuppero, A. May 1, 1996.

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analysis of the data gathered during the Comet Halley encounter during 1987 resulted in a body of literature asserting that all comets contain substantial percentages of hydrocarbon solids. These solids appear to have a strong similarity to petrochemicals. Arguments are made that the amount of hydrocarbon material in the accessible comets of the inner Solar system can substantially exceed the known reserves of hydrocarbons on Earth. An example is given of at least one conceptually simple method to use comet material as feedstock for space transportation schemes that can move masses through the solar system comparable to the mass carried by oil supertankers. The presentation concludes we need to send prospecting and assay probes to a sampling of the accessible comets to determine the amount of hydrocarbons and the form and location of materials needed for space transportation systems.

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  • Space `96: 5. international conference and exposition on engineering, construction, and operations in space and 2. specialty conference on Robotics for challenging environments (RCE-II), Albuquerque, NM (United States), 1-6 Jun 1996

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  • Other: DE96009011
  • Report No.: INEL--96/00048
  • Report No.: CONF-9606105--9
  • Grant Number: AC07-94ID13223
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 245547
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc667742

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Zuppero, A. Discovery of abundant, accessible hydrocarbons nearly everywhere in the solar system, article, May 1, 1996; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc667742/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.