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The Mercury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared imaging Spectrometer (mertis) onboard Bepi Colombo: 2020 Moon flybys data results.

D'Amore, Mario and Helbert, Jörn and Maturilli, Alessandro and Knollenberg, Jörg and Berlin, Rainer and Peter, Gisbert and Säuberlich, Thomas and Hiesinger, Harald (2020) The Mercury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared imaging Spectrometer (mertis) onboard Bepi Colombo: 2020 Moon flybys data results. europlanet society. EPSC 2020, 21 Sep - 9 Oct 2020, Online. doi: 10.5194/epsc2020-240.

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The MErcury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer (MERTIS) is an instrument to study the mineralogy and temperature distribution of Mercury’s surface in unprecedented detail . During the nominal mission, MERTIS will map the whole surface at 500 m scale, combining a push-broom IR grating spectrometer (TIS) with a radiometer (TIR) sharing the same optics, instrument electronics, and in-flight calibration components for the whole wavelength range of 7-14um (TIS) and 7-40um (TIR) . MERTIS successfully completed its planned tests of the Near-Earth Commissioning Phase (NECP) in November 2018 and several checkouts, collecting thousands of measurements of its internal calibration bodies and deep space. Those data show a performance comparable with ground-based measurements. Scientific data will arrive well before the 2025 arrival at Mercury. MERTIS observed the Moon on in April 2020 producing ~12k TIS observation with ~3k measurements of the Moon at various angles. Even if the Moon is 7000 farther away and half maximum temperature than Mercury during nominal operation, the signal is clearly visible and shows the excellent MERTIS TIS sensor. MERTIS archival data are stored in Planetary Data System v4 format (PDS4) format, that actually describe 2 physical formats for each MERTIS channel. Each channel will be stored in Flexible Image Transport System (FITS) and in pure ASCII.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/138446/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Title:The Mercury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared imaging Spectrometer (mertis) onboard Bepi Colombo: 2020 Moon flybys data results.
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
D'Amore, MarioMario.DAmore (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-9325-6889
Helbert, JörnJoern.Helbert (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5346-9505
Maturilli, AlessandroAlessandro.Maturilli (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4613-9799
Knollenberg, JörgJoerg.Knollenberg (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Berlin, Rainerrainer.berlin (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Peter, Gisbertgisbert.peter (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6101-2513
Säuberlich, Thomasthomas.saeuberlich (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Hiesinger, Haraldwestfälische wilhelms-universität münsterUNSPECIFIED
Date:September 2020
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
DOI :10.5194/epsc2020-240
Publisher:europlanet society
Keywords:Mercury , Radiometer , Thermal , Infrared, imaging, Spectrometer , Bepi, Colombo , Moon, flybys, data results
Event Title:EPSC 2020
Event Location:Online
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:21 Sep - 9 Oct 2020
Organizer:europlanet society
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):R - Project BepiColombo - MERTIS and BELA
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Physics
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Laboratories
Institute of Optical Sensor Systems > Space Instruments
Deposited By: Amore, Dr. Mario
Deposited On:27 Nov 2020 08:46
Last Modified:27 Nov 2020 08:47

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