The COmet Nucleus TOUR or "Contour" mission will visit 3 comets (P/Encke, P/SW3 and P/d'Arrest), building on the results from the Halley flybys to increase our knowledge of cometary characteristics and diversity. The measurements will include imaging with a resolution of 4 m, spectral mapping of the surface, and compositional analysis of the gas and dust in the near-nucleus region. The instrumentation will consist of an imager/spectrometer, an aft imager, a dust analyzer and a neutral gas ion mass spectrometer. Additional Contour infomation may be found here.

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