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The Rosetta Lander ("PHILAE") investigations

Bibring, J.-P. and Rosenbauer, H. and Boehnhardt, H. and Ulamec, S. and Biele, J. and Espinasse, S. and Feuerbacher, B. and Gaudon, P. and Hemmerich, P. and Kletzkine, P. and Moura, D. and Mugnuolo, R. and Nietner, G. and Plätz, B. and Roll, R. and Scheuerle, H. and Szegö, K. and Wittmann, K. and Philae Project Office, and Entire Philae Team, (2006) The Rosetta Lander ("PHILAE") investigations. Space Science Reviews 2007, pp. 205-220. Springer. DOI: 10.1007/s11214-006-9138-2.

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Abstract. The paper describes the Rosetta Lander named Philae and introduces its complement of scientific instruments. Philae was launched aboard the European Space Agency Rosetta spacecraft on 02 March 2004 and is expected to land and operate on the nucleus of 67/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at a distance of about 3 AU from the Sun. Its overall mass is ~98 kg (plus the support systems remaining on the Orbiter), including its scientific playload of ~27 kg. It will operate aufomously, using the Rosetta Orbiter as a communication relay to Earth. The scientific goals of its experiments focus on elemental, isotopic, moleculer and mineralogical of the cometary material, the characterization of physical properties of the surface and subsurface material, the large-scale structure and the magnetic and plasma environment of the nucleus. In particular,sub-surface and surface samples will be acquired and sequentially analyzed by a suite of instruments. Measurements will be performed primarily during descent and along the first five days following touch-down. Philae is designed to also operate on a long time-scale, to monitor the evolution of the nucleus properties. Philae is a very integrated project at system, science and management levels, provided by an international consortium. The Philae experiments have the potential of providing unique scientific outcomes, complementing by in situ ground truth the Rosetta Orbiter investigations.

Document Type:Article
Title:The Rosetta Lander ("PHILAE") investigations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Bibring, J.-P.Institut d´Astophysique Spatiale (IAS)
Rosenbauer, H.Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Boehnhardt, H.Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Espinasse, S.ASI
Feuerbacher, B.UNSPECIFIED
Gaudon, P.CNES
Hemmerich, P.Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Kletzkine, P.ESA
Moura, D.CNES
Mugnuolo, R.ASI
Roll, R.Max-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Szegö, K.KFKI
Philae Project Office, -
Entire Philae Team, -
Journal or Publication Title:Space Science Reviews 2007
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 205-220
Keywords:in situ measurements, cometary nucleus, Lander
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W - no assignement
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W - no assignement
DLR - Research theme (Project):W -- no assignement (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Space Operations and Astronaut Training > GSOC-German Space Operations Center
Space Operations and Astronaut Training
Deposited By: Sabine Klaas
Deposited On:22 Feb 2008
Last Modified:27 Apr 2009 14:47

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