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Rosetta Lander In Situ Characterization of a Comet Nucleus

Wittmann, K. and Feuerbach, B. and Ulamec, S. and Rosenbauer, H. and Bibring, J.P. and Moura, D. and Mugnuolo, R. and DiPippo, S. and Szego, K. and Haerendel, G. (1999) Rosetta Lander In Situ Characterization of a Comet Nucleus. Acta Astronautica, 45 (4-9), pp. 389-396.

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Abstract

Rosetta is one of the cornerstone Missions within the science program "Horizon 2000" of the European Space Agency (ESA). Its objective is the characterization of comet Wirtanen, which will be reached after 9 years of cruise in the year 2012. As comets are believed to be the most primitive bodies in our planetary system, having preserved material from the early stages of its formation, the Rosetta mission shall result in a better understanding of the formation of the solar system. The Rosetta Lander, part of the Rosetta payload, is contributed to the mission by an international consortium of research institutes. It will perform in situ Measurements on the surface on the comet nucleus. The science objectives of the Rosetta Lander can be comrised by: - determination of the composition of cometary near surface matter: bulk elemental abundances, isotopes, minerals, ices, carbonaceous compounds, organics volatiles - in dependance on time and insolation. - measurement of physical parameters - mechanical strength, density, sound speed, electrical permittivity, heat conductivity and temperature. - investigation of topology, surface structure including colour and albedo, near surface structure (strategrahy) and internal structure. - the comets interaction with solar wind.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2000,
Title:Rosetta Lander In Situ Characterization of a Comet Nucleus
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Wittmann, K.UNSPECIFIED
Feuerbach, B.UNSPECIFIED
Ulamec, S.UNSPECIFIED
Rosenbauer, H.MPI Lindau
Bibring, J.P.IAS, Paris
Moura, D.CNES
Mugnuolo, R.ASI
DiPippo, S.ASI
Szego, K.KFKI
Haerendel, G.MPI
Date:1999
Journal or Publication Title:Acta Astronautica
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:45
Page Range:pp. 389-396
Status:Published
Keywords:Rosetta Lander
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > Hauptabteilung Raumflugbetrieb und Astronautenausbildung
Deposited By: elib DLR-Beauftragter
Deposited On:08 Dec 2005
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 17:10

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