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Orbital observations of meteors in the Martian atmosphere using the SPOSH camera

Christou, Apostolos and Oberst, Jürgen and Elgner, Stephan and Flohrer, Joachim and Margonis, Anastasios and McAuliffe, Jonathan P. and Koschny, Detlef (2012) Orbital observations of meteors in the Martian atmosphere using the SPOSH camera. Planetary and Space Science, 60 (1), pp. 229-235. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2011.09.002.

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We investigate the expected performance of a wide-angle camera in Martian orbit, which, unlike previous cameras that have flown to Mars, is capable of recording meteor activity in that planet's atmosphere. We show that, based on our current understanding of meteor physics and the interplanetary meteoroid population, several meteors will be detected by this instrument during a single nightside pass on a low Martian orbit. The instrument will also record the signatures of meteor showers expected to occur every Martian year (1.88 Earth years). The results of this investigation will test models of the flux of “large” (mm-cm) meteoroids at the orbit of Mars and their interaction with the Martian atmosphere.

Document Type:Article
Title:Orbital observations of meteors in the Martian atmosphere using the SPOSH camera
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Christou, ApostolosArmagh Observatory (aac@arm.ac.uk)
Oberst, JürgenDLR/TU Berlin (juergen.oberst@dlr.de)
Elgner, StephanDLR (stephan.elgner@dlr.de)
Flohrer, JoachimDLR (joachim.flohrer@dlr.de)
Margonis, AnastasiosTU Berlin
McAuliffe, Jonathan P.ESA/ESAC
Koschny, DetlefESA/ESTEC
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 229-235
Keywords:Mars, Atmosphere, Meteors, Meteoroids
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Exploration des Sonnensystems
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Stephan Elgner
Deposited On:09 Jan 2012 15:23
Last Modified:26 Mar 2013 13:35

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