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.
|Title:||Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Planetary and Space Science|
|In Open Access:||No|
|In ISI Web of Science:||Yes|
|Page Range:||pp. 21-39|
|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)|
|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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