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Status of the Mercury Thermal Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer (MERTIS) for BepiColombo

Hiesinger, H. and Helbert, Jörn and D'Amore, Mario and Maturilli, Alessandro and Peter, Gisbert and Walter, Ingo and Weber, Iris and Bauch, Karin and Morlok, Andreas and Mertis, Coi-Team (2018) Status of the Mercury Thermal Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer (MERTIS) for BepiColombo. Lunar and Planetary Institute. 49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 19-23 March, 2018, Houston, USA.

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The Mercury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer (MERTIS) is an innovative instrument for studying the surface composition and mineralogy of planet Mercury. In particular, the scientific objectives of MERTIS include 1.) Study of Mercury’s surface composition, 2.) Identification of rock-forming minerals, 3.) Mapping of the surface mineralogy, and 4.) Study of surface temperature variations and the thermal inertia. The instrument combines an uncooled grating push-broom IR-spectrometer (TIS) with a radiometer (TIR), which will operate in the wavelength region of 7-14 um and 7-40 um, respectively [1,2]. The thermal infrared range offers unique diagnostic capabilities to study the surface composition of Mercury. For example, feldspars can easily be detected and characterized, because they show several diagnostic spectral signatures in the 7-14 um range: the Christiansen feature, reststrahlen bands, and the transparency feature. In addition, MERTIS will allow identifying and mapping of elemental sulfur, pyroxenes, olivines, and other complex minerals. Scheduled for launch on-board the BepiColombo Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) in 2016, MERTIS will arrive at Mercury in 2024. From its nominal orbit, MERTIS will map the surface globally at a spatial resolution of about 500 m and for approximately 5-10% of the surface at a resolution of up to 280 m

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/125545/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Title:Status of the Mercury Thermal Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer (MERTIS) for BepiColombo
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hiesinger, H.Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität MünsterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Helbert, JörnUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5346-9505UNSPECIFIED
D'Amore, MarioUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9325-6889UNSPECIFIED
Maturilli, AlessandroUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4613-9799UNSPECIFIED
Peter, GisbertUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6101-2513UNSPECIFIED
Weber, IrisWestfälische Wilhelms-Universität MünsterUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bauch, KarinInstitut für Planetologie, Westfälische Wilhelms‐Universität Münster, Münster, GermanyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2018
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:p. 2083
Publisher:Lunar and Planetary Institute
Keywords:Mercury , Thermal , Radiometer, Infrared , Spectrometer, MERTIS, BepiColombo
Event Title:49th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference
Event Location:Houston, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:19-23 March, 2018
Organizer:Lunar and Planetary Institute
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):Project BepiColombo (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Deposited By: Amore, Dr. Mario
Deposited On:03 Jan 2019 13:23
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:40

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