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SESAME: Measuring in-situ Properties of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Seidensticker, Klaus Jürgen and Möhlmann, Dirk and Apathy, Istvan and Schmidt, Walter and Thiel, Klaus and Arnold, Walter and Fischer, Hans-Herbert and Kretschmer, Michael and Péter, Attila and Trautner, Roland and Schieke, Sascha (2008) SESAME: Measuring in-situ Properties of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In: Rosetta Book Springer Verlag.

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Abstract

SESAME is an instrument complex carried by the Rosetta lander Philae that will land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. The main goals of this instrument suite, which was built in international co-operation, are to measure mechanical and electrical properties of the cometary surface and the shallow subsurface as well as to study 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 as well as technical improvements and results from cruise phase operations 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:Contribution to a Collection
Title:SESAME: Measuring in-situ Properties of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Seidensticker, Klaus JürgenUNSPECIFIED
Möhlmann, DirkUNSPECIFIED
Apathy, IstvanKFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute (Ungarn)
Schmidt, WalterFMI, Space Research Division (Finnland)
Thiel, KlausUniversität zu Köln, Abteilung Nuklearchemie
Arnold, WalterFraunhofer-Institut für zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren
Fischer, Hans-HerbertUniversität zu Köln, Abteilung Nuklearchemie
Kretschmer, MichaelMax-Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik
Péter, AttilaKFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute (Ungarn)
Trautner, RolandTEC-EDP, ESA/ESTEC (Niederlande)
Schieke, SaschaGE Inspection Technologies, Hürth
Date:25 January 2008
Journal or Publication Title:Rosetta Book
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Schulz, RitaUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Springer Verlag
Status:Accepted
Keywords:Space missions, Rosetta, SESAME, 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
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Materials Physics in Space
Deposited By: Dr. Klaus Seidensticker
Deposited On:30 Jan 2008
Last Modified:23 Apr 2010 14:36

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