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In situ methods for measuring thermal properties and heat flux on planetary bodies

Kömle, Norbert I. and Hütter, Erika S. and Macher, Wolfgang and Kaufmann, Erika and Kargl, Günter and Knollenberg, Jörg and Grott, Matthias and Spohn, Tilman and Wawrzaszek, Roman and Banaszkiewicz, Marek and Seweryn, Karoly and Hagermann, Axel (2011) In situ methods for measuring thermal properties and heat flux on planetary bodies. Planetary and Space Science, 59 (8), pp. 639-660. Elsevier Ltd.. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2011.03.004.

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032063311000912

Abstract

The thermo-mechanical properties of planetary surface and subsurface layers control to a high extent in which way a body interacts with its environment, in particular how it responds to solar irradiation and how it interacts with a potentially existing atmosphere. Furthermore, if the natural temperature profile over a certain depth can be measured in situ, this gives important information about the heat flux from the interior and thus about the thermal evolution of the body. Therefore, in most of the recent and planned planetary lander missions experiment packages for determining thermo-mechanical properties are part of the payload. Examples are the experiment MUPUS on Rosetta's comet lander Philae, the TECP instrument aboard NASA's Mars polar lander Phoenix, and the mole-type instrument HP3 currently developed for use on upcoming lunar and Mars missions. In this review we describe several methods applied for measuring thermal conductivity and heat flux and discuss the particular difficulties faced when these properties have to be measured in a low pressure and low temperature environment. We point out the abilities and disadvantages of the different instruments and outline the evaluation procedures necessary to extract reliable thermal conductivity and heat flux data from in situ measurements.

Document Type:Article
Title:In situ methods for measuring thermal properties and heat flux on planetary bodies
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Kömle, Norbert I.Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
Hütter, Erika S.Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
Macher, WolfgangSpace Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
Kaufmann, ErikaSpace Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
Kargl, GünterSpace Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, Austria
Knollenberg, Jörgjoerg.knollenberg@dlr.de
Grott, Matthiasmatthias.grott@dlr.de
Spohn, TilmanTilman.Spohn@dlr.de
Wawrzaszek, RomanSpace Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Banaszkiewicz, MarekSpace Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Seweryn, KarolySpace Research Centre, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
Hagermann, AxelCentre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR), Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
Date:2011
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:59
DOI:10.1016/j.pss.2011.03.004
Page Range:pp. 639-660
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
Status:Published
Keywords:Thermal conductivity; Planetary surfaces; Lander missions
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 Exploration des Sonnensystems (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Lena Noack
Deposited On:08 Nov 2011 10:58
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:40

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