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

Seidensticker, K. J. and Möhlmann, D. and Apathy, I. and Schmidt, W. and Thiel, K. and Arnold, W. and Fischer, H.-H. and Kretschmer, M. and Péter, A. and Trautner, R. and Schieke, S. (2009) SESAME: Measuring in-situ Properties of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In: Rosetta - ESA's Mission to the Origin of the Solar System Springer Sciences+Business Media, LLC. pp. 735-764. ISBN 978-0-387-77517-3.

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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
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Seidensticker, K. J.UNSPECIFIED
Apathy, I.KFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute (Ungarn)
Schmidt, W.FMI, Space Research Division (Finnland)
Thiel, K.Universität zu Köln, Abteilung Nuklearchemie
Arnold, W.Fraunhofer-Institut für zerstörungsfreie Prüfverfahren
Fischer, H.-H.Universität zu Köln, Abteilung Nuklearchemie
Kretschmer, M.Max-Planck Institut für Extraterrestrische Physik
Péter, A.KFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute (Ungarn)
Trautner, R.TEC-EDP, ESA/ESTEC (Niederlande)
Schieke, S.GE Inspection Technologies, Hürth
Journal or Publication Title:Rosetta - ESA's Mission to the Origin of the Solar System
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 735-764
Schulz, RitaESA - ESTEC
Alexander, ClaudiaJet Propulsion Laboratory
Böhnhardt, HermannMax-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung
Glassmeier, Karl-HeinzTechnische Universität Braunschweig
Publisher:Springer Sciences+Business Media, LLC
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 Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Deposited By: Dr. Klaus Seidensticker
Deposited On:23 Apr 2010 14:36
Last Modified:23 Apr 2010 14:39

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