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VIRTIS: an imaging spectrometer for the ROSETTA mission

Coradini, A. and Capaccioni, F. and Drossar, P. and Semery, A. and Arnold, G. and Schade, U. and Angrilli, F. and Barucci, M.A. and Bellucci, G. and Bianchini, G. and Bibring, J.P. and Blanco, A. and Blecka, M. and Bockelee-Morvan, D. and Bonsignori, R. and Bouye, M. and Bussoletti, E. and Capria, M.T. and Carlson, R and Carsenty, U. and Cerroni, P. and Colangeli, L. and Combes, M and Combi, M. and Crovisier, J. and Dami, M. and DeSanctis, M.C. and DiLellis, A.M. and Dotto, E. and Encrenaz, T. and Epifani, E. and Erard, S. and Espinasse, S. and Fave, A. and Federico, C. and Fink, U. and Fonti, S. and Formisano, V. and Hello, Y. and Hirsch, H. and Huntzinger, G. and Knoll, R. and Kouach, D. and Ip, W.H. and Irwin, P. and Kachlicki, J. and Langevin, Y. and Magni, G. and McCord, T. and Mennella, V. and Michaelis, H. and Mondello, G. and Mottola, S. and Neukum, G. and Orofino, V. and Orosei, R. and Palumbo, P. and Peter, Gisbert and Pforte, B. and Piccioni, G. and Reess, J.M. and Ress, E. and Saggin, B. and Schmitt, B. and Stefanovitch, and Stern, A. and Taylor, F. and Tiphene, D. and Tozzi, G. (1998) VIRTIS: an imaging spectrometer for the ROSETTA mission. Planetary and Space Science, 46 (9-10), pp. 1291-1301. Elsevier Sciences Ltd.. DOI: 10.1016/S0032-0633(98)00025-7

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Abstract

The VIRTIS scientific and technical teams will take advantage of their previous experience in the design and development of spectrometers for space applications. In fact, the various groups contributing to the VIRTIS experiment, from Italy, France and Germany, have been deeply involved in the CASSINI mission, with the experiments VIMS and CIRS. The targets of the ROSETTA mission are the most primi- tive solar system bodies : comets and asteroids. ROSETTA will study in detail a comet nucleus, the prime target of the mission, and will fly by one or two asteroids. The small bodies of the solar system are of great interest for planetary science and their study is crucial to understand the solar system formation. In fact it is believed that comets and, to a lesser extent, asteroids underwent a moderate evolution so that they preserve some pristine solar system material. Comets and asteroids are in close relationship with the plan- etesimals, which formed from the solar nebula 4.6 billion years ago. The global characterisation of one comet nucleus and one or two asteroids will provide basic information on the origin of the solar system and on the interrelation between the solar system and the interstellar dust environment. The ROSETTA mission is designed to obtain the above mentioned scientific goals by : (a) in situ analysis of comet material ; (b) long period of remote sensing of the comet. The combination of remote sensing and in situ measurements will increase the scientific return of the mission. In fact, the “in situ” measurements will give relevant “ground-truth” for the remote sensing information and, in turn, the locally collected data will be interpreted in the appropriate scenario provided by remote sensing investigation. The scientific payload of ROSETTA includes a Visual InfraRed Spectral and Thermal Spectrometer (VIRTIS) among the instrument on board the spacecraft orbiting around the comet. This instrument is fundamental to detect and study the evolution of specific fingerprints—such as the typical spectral bands of minerals and molecules—arising from surface components and from materials dispersed in the coma. Their identification is a primary goal of the ROSETTA mission as it will allow us to identify the nature of the main constituent of the comets. Moreover, the surface thermal evolution during comet approach to Sun is important information that can be obtained by means of spectroscopic observation. The VIRTIS design and its detailed science goals are reported hereafter.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/47684/
Document Type:Article
Title:VIRTIS: an imaging spectrometer for the ROSETTA mission
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Coradini, A.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Capaccioni, F.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Drossar, P.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Semery, A.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Arnold, G.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Schade, U.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Angrilli, F.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Università di Padova ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Barucci, M.A.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bellucci, G.Instituto di Fisica, dello Spazio Interplanetario CNR, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Bianchini, G.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Università di Padova ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Bibring, J.P.Institut d’Astrophysique Spatial CNRS, Orsay, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Blanco, A.Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Lecce, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Blecka, M.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bockelee-Morvan, D.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bonsignori, R.Officine Galileo—Florence, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Bouye, M.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bussoletti, E.Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Capria, M.T.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Carlson, RNASA JPL, Pasadena, USAUNSPECIFIED
Carsenty, U.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Cerroni, P.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Colangeli, L.Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Combes, MObservatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Combi, M.Space Physics Research Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USAUNSPECIFIED
Crovisier, J.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Dami, M.Officine Galileo—Florence, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
DeSanctis, M.C.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
DiLellis, A.M.Instituto di Fisica, dello Spazio Interplanetario CNR, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Dotto, E.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Encrenaz, T.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Epifani, E.Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Lecce, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Erard, S.Institut d’Astrophysique Spatial CNRS, Orsay, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Espinasse, S.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Fave, A.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Federico, C.Università di Perugia, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Fink, U.Luna Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, USAUNSPECIFIED
Fonti, S.Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Lecce, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Formisano, V.Instituto di Fisica, dello Spazio Interplanetario CNR, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Hello, Y.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Hirsch, H.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Huntzinger, G.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Knoll, R.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Kouach, D.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Ip, W.H.MPI—Katlenburg, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Irwin, P.Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department, Oxford University, OxfordUKUNSPECIFIED
Kachlicki, J.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Langevin, Y.Institut d’Astrophysique Spatial CNRS, Orsay, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Magni, G.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
McCord, T.Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USAUNSPECIFIED
Mennella, V.Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Michaelis, H.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Mondello, G.Officine Galileo—Florence, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Mottola, S.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Neukum, G.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Orofino, V.Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Lecce, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Orosei, R.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Palumbo, P.Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte, Naples, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Peter, GisbertUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pforte, B.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Piccioni, G.Instituto di Fisica, dello Spazio Interplanetario CNR, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Reess, J.M.Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale CNR, Viale dell’Università 11, 00185 Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Ress, E.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Saggin, B.Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Università di Padova ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Schmitt, B.Laboratorie de Glaciologie et Geophysique de l’Environment, Grenoble, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Stefanovitch, Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Stern, A.Southern Research Institute, Boulder, USAUNSPECIFIED
Taylor, F.Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department, Oxford University, OxfordUKUNSPECIFIED
Tiphene, D.Observatoire de Paris Section de Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Tozzi, G.Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 1998
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:46
DOI :10.1016/S0032-0633(98)00025-7
Page Range:pp. 1291-1301
Publisher:Elsevier Sciences Ltd.
Status:Published
Keywords:comets, spectrometer, space 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 - Projekt ROSETTA Instrumente (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Carsenty, Dr.rer.nat. Uri
Deposited On:26 Mar 2007
Last Modified:23 Jan 2015 17:28

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