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Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo

Rothery, David and Marinangeli, Lucia and Anand, Mahesh and Carpenter, James and Christensen, Ulrich and Crawford, Ian A. and Sanctis, Maria Cristina De and Epifani, Elena Mazzotta and Erard, Stéphane and Frigeri, Alessandro and Fraser, George and Hauber, Ernst and Helbert, Jörn and Hiesinger, Harald and Joy, Katherine and Langevin, Yves and Massironi, Matteo and Milillo, Anna and Mitrofanov, Igor and Muinonen, Karri and Näränen, Jyri and Pauselli, Cristina and Potts, Phil and Warell, Johan and Wurz, Peter (2010) Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo. Planetary and Space Science, 58 (1-2), pp. 21-39. ELSEVIER. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2008.09.001.

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We describe the contributions that we expect the BepiColombo mission to make towards increased knowledge and understanding of Mercury's surface and composition. BepiColombo will have a larger and more capable suite of instruments relevant for determination of the topographic, physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of the surface than carried by NASA's MESSENGER mission. We anticipate that the insights gained into the planet's geological history and its current space weathering environment will enable us to understand the relationships between surface composition and the composition of different types of crust. This will enable estimation of the composition of the mantle from which the crust was derived, and lead to better constraints on models for Mercury's origin and the nature of the material from which it formed.

Document Type:Article
Title:Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo
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AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Rothery, DavidDepartment of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Marinangeli, LuciaInternational Research School of Planetary Sciences, Università di Annunzio, Viale Pindara 42, 65127 Pescara, Italy
Anand, MaheshDepartment of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Carpenter, JamesSpace Research Centre, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK; Present address: ESA-ESTEC HSF-HFR, Keplerlaan 1, Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Christensen, UlrichMax-Planck Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Max-Planck-Strasse 2, 37191 Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
Crawford, Ian A.School of Earth Sciences, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK
Sanctis, Maria Cristina DeINAF—Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Via Fosso del Cavaliere 100, 00133 Roma, Italy
Epifani, Elena MazzottaINAF—Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Laboratorio di Fisica Cosmica e Planetologia, Via Moiariello 16, 80131 Napoli, Italy
Erard, StéphaneLESIA, UMR CNRS 8109, Observatoire de Paris, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon Cédex, France
Frigeri, AlessandroDipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Perugia, P.zza dell’Università, I-06100 Perugia, Italy
Fraser, GeorgeSpace Research Centre, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
Hauber, Ernsternst.hauber@dlr.de
Helbert, Jörnjoern.helbert@dlr.de
Hiesinger, HaraldInstitut für Planetologie, Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany
Joy, KatherineSchool of Earth Sciences, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK
Langevin, YvesInstitut d’Astrophysique Spatiale, CNRS/Université Paris XI, Orsay Campus 91405, France
Massironi, MatteoDipartimento di Geoscienze, Università di Padova, via Giotto 1, 35139 Padova, Italy
Milillo, AnnaSchool of Earth Sciences, Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HX, UK
Mitrofanov, IgorSpace Research Institute, RAS, Moscow 117997, Russia
Muinonen, KarriObservatory Tähtitorninmäki, PO Box 14, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Näränen, JyriObservatory Tähtitorninmäki, PO Box 14, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Pauselli, CristinaLESIA, UMR CNRS 8109, Observatoire de Paris, 5 place Jules Janssen, 92195 Meudon Cédex, France
Potts, PhilDepartment of Earth & Environmental Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Warell, JohanInsitutionen för Astronomi och Rymdfysik, Uppsala Universitet, Box 515, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden
Wurz, PeterPhysics Institute, University of Bern, Sidlerstrasse 5, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
Date:January 2010
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:58
DOI:10.1016/j.pss.2008.09.001
Page Range:pp. 21-39
Publisher:ELSEVIER
Status:Published
Keywords:Mercury, surface, composition, BepiColombo
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 - Vorhaben BepiColombo (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Terahertz and Infrared Sensors
Deposited By: Ulrike Stiebeler
Deposited On:02 Nov 2010 11:17
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:40

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