Where can one find asteroids or comets that contain water ice suitable for a human mission. Perhaps there is comprehensive catalog of small bodies that can be searched for characteristics such as:

rotation period:
rotation axis:
distance to Earth:
surface characteristics:

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    $\begingroup$ The Minor Planet Center maintains catalogs of the orbits, but not the other parameters you mention. Most of those parameters are unknown for most minor planets. You can use the JPL HORIZONS system to calculate relative position and distance to Earth at whatever time you like. $\endgroup$ – pericynthion Nov 8 '17 at 21:41
  • $\begingroup$ It seems that pure "looking for a source" questions are not considered on-topic here. Stackexchange has a few fairly rigid constraints like this. A good answer might simply be a link, and link-only answers are not acceptable. Can you rewrite your question to ask for some more detailed information, or explanation? For example, you might ask "Are any types of surface characteristics of asteroids actually known or measured?" or "Has the presence of water been clearly established for any asteroids that might be suitable for mining?" $\endgroup$ – uhoh Nov 9 '17 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ If there is no help here in maybe a week or so, you might consider asking in Astronomy stackexchange instead. Just fyi here are two other questions related to ice in space; What forms of water ice have been observed and verified in the solar system?, and also If there is actual ice on the moon, why hasn't it sublimated? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Nov 11 '17 at 0:45

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