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Surface roughness of asteroid (162173) Ryugu and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko inferred from in-situ observations

Otto, Katharina A. and Matz, K-D and Schröder, Stefan and Parekh, Rutu Ashwin and Krohn, Katrin and Honda, Rie and Kameda, Shingo and Jaumann, Ralf and Schmitz, Nicole and Stephan, Katrin and Sugita, Seiji and Tatsumi, Eri and Ho, Tra-Mi and Koncz, Alexander and Trauthan, Frank and Cho, Yuichiro and Hayakawa, M. and Honda, C. and Kouyama, T. and Matsuoka, Moe and Morota, T. and Mottola, Stefano and Ogawa, K. and Preusker, Frank and Sakatani, N. and Sawada, H. and Scholten, Frank and Suzuki, H. and Yamada, M. and Yokota, Y. and Yoshioka, K. (2021) Surface roughness of asteroid (162173) Ryugu and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko inferred from in-situ observations. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 500 (3), pp. 3178-3193. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/mnras/staa3314. ISSN 0035-8711.

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Official URL: https://academic.oup.com/mnras/article/500/3/3178/5941524


Alteration processes on asteroid and comet surfaces, such as thermal fracturing, (micrometeorite) impacts or volatile outgassing, are complex mechanisms that form diverse surface morphologies and roughness on various scales. These mechanisms and their interaction may differ on the surfaces of different bodies. Asteroid Ryugu and comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, both, have been visited by landers that imaged the surfaces in high spatial resolution. We investigate the surface morphology and roughness of Ryugu and 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko based on high-resolution in situ images of 0.2 and 0.8 mm pixel resolution over an approximately 25 and 80 cm wide scene, respectively. To maintain comparability and reproducibility, we introduce a method to extract surface roughness descriptors (fractal dimension, Hurst exponent, joint roughness coefficient, root-mean-square slope, hemispherical crater density, small-scale roughness parameter, and Hapke mean slope angle) from in situ planetary images illuminated by LEDs. We validate our method and choose adequate parameters for an analysis of the roughness of the surfaces. We also derive the roughness descriptors from 3D shape models of Ryugu and orbiter camera images and show that the higher spatially resolved images result in a higher roughness. We find that 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is up to 6 per cent rougher than Ryugu depending on the descriptor used and attribute this difference to the different intrinsic properties of the materials imaged and the erosive processes altering them. On 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko sublimation appears to be the main cause for roughness, while on Ryugu micrometeoroid bombardment as well as thermal fatigue and solar weathering may play a significant role in shaping the surface.

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Title:Surface roughness of asteroid (162173) Ryugu and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko inferred from in-situ observations
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Otto, Katharina A.UNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0675-1177UNSPECIFIED
Matz, K-DUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-4148-1926UNSPECIFIED
Schröder, StefanUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0323-8324UNSPECIFIED
Krohn, KatrinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8518-4985UNSPECIFIED
Honda, RieKochi University, Kochi 780-8520, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kameda, ShingoDep. of Physics, Rikkyo University, TokyoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Jaumann, RalfUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-9759-6597UNSPECIFIED
Schmitz, NicoleUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6481-6189UNSPECIFIED
Sugita, SeijiUniversity of Tokyo, Tokyo, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Tatsumi, EriDep. of Earth and Planetary Science, univ. of TokyoUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Ho, Tra-MiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3378-3227UNSPECIFIED
Cho, YuichiroThe University of Tokyo, Department of Earth and Planetary ScienceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hayakawa, M.Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS / JAXA) 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuo-Ku, Sagamihara 252-5210, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Honda, C.Univ Aizu, Res Ctr Adv Informat Sci & Technol, Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Kouyama, T.National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Tokyo, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Matsuoka, MoeInstitute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Sagamihara, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Morota, T.University of Tokyo, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mottola, StefanoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-0457-3872UNSPECIFIED
Ogawa, K.Kobe University, Kobe 657-8501, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Sawada, H.Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS / JAXA) 3-1-1 Yoshinodai, Chuo-Ku, Sagamihara 252-5210, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Suzuki, H.Meiji University, Kawasaki 214-8571, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yamada, M.Planetary Exploration Research Center, Chiba Institute of Technology, Narashino 275-0016, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Yoshioka, K.University of Tokyo, JapanUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2021
Journal or Publication Title:Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 3178-3193
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Keywords:Roughness, asteroids, comets, in-situ observations, Ryugu, &/P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
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 MASCOT Science and operation (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof , Bremen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Sensor Systems
Institute of Space Systems > Systems Engineering and Project Office
Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geodesy
Deposited By: Otto, Dr. Katharina A.
Deposited On:04 Dec 2020 08:25
Last Modified:23 Oct 2023 08:47

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