Liquid water is considered fundamental for the development of life. Comet nuclei are composed largely of ice, and under the proper conditions, some of that ice may transform into liquid water. We describe the physical processes involved in computing the heat balance in comet nuclei and present the results of numerical models of their thermal evolution. We determine under which conditions liquid water may form.
|Title of host publication||Comets and the Origin and Evolution of Life|
|Editors||Paul Thomas, Christopher Chyba, P. Christopher|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||12|
|ISBN (Print)||3540330860, 9783540330868|
|State||Published - 2006|
|Name||Advances in Astrobiology and Biogeophysics|