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SESAME - An Experiment of the Rosetta Lander Philae: Objectives and General Design

Seidensticker, Klaus J. and Möhlmann, Dirk and Apathy, Istvan and Schmidt, Walter and Thiel, Klaus and Arnold, Walter and Fischer, Hans-Herbert and Kretschmer, Michael and Madlener, David and Péter, Attila and Trautner, Roland and Schieke, Sascha (2006) SESAME - An Experiment of the Rosetta Lander Philae: Objectives and General Design. Space Science Reviews, 128 (1-4), pp. 301-337. Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/s11214-006-9118-6. ISSN 0038-6308.

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Abstract

SESAME is an instrument complex built in international co-operation and carried by the Rosetta lander Philae intended to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. The main goals of this instrument suite are to measure mechanical and electrical properties of the cometary surface and the shallow subsurface as well as of the particles emitted from the cometary surface. Most of the sensors are mounted within the six soles of the landing gear feet in order to provide good contact with or proximity to the cometary surface. The measuring principles, instrument designs, technical layout, operational concepts and the results from the first in-flight measurements are described. We conclude with comments on the consequences of the last minute change of the target comet and how to improve and to preserve the knowledge during the long-duration Rosetta mission.

Document Type:Article
Title:SESAME - An Experiment of the Rosetta Lander Philae: Objectives and General Design
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Seidensticker, Klaus J.UNSPECIFIED
Möhlmann, DirkUNSPECIFIED
Apathy, IstvanKFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary
Schmidt, WalterFMI, Space Research Division, FIN-00560 Helsinki, Finland
Thiel, KlausUniversity of Cologne, Dept. of Nuclear Chemistry, D-50674 Köln, Germany
Arnold, WalterFraunhofer-Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZFP), Building E 3.1, University, D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Fischer, Hans-HerbertUniversity of Cologne, Dept. of Nuclear Chemistry, D-50674 Köln, Germany
Kretschmer, MichaelMax-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, D-85741 Garching, Germany
Madlener, DavidUniversity of Cologne, I. Institute of Physics, D-50674 Köln, Germany
Péter, AttilaKFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary
Trautner, RolandRSSD/SCI-SB, ESA/ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2200AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Schieke, SaschaGE Inspection Technologies, D-50354 Hürth, Germany
Date:13 April 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Space Science Reviews
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:128
DOI:10.1007/s11214-006-9118-6
Page Range:pp. 301-337
Publisher:Springer Verlag
ISSN:0038-6308
Status:Published
Keywords:Space missions; Rosetta; cometary nuclei; cometary surface; cometary particles; in situ science
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Projekt ROSETTA Instrumente (old)
Location: Köln-Porz , Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Institute of Materials Physics in Space
Deposited By: Dr. Klaus Seidensticker
Deposited On:08 Aug 2007
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 23:15

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