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The BepiColombo mission: An outstanding tool for investigating the Hermean environment

Milillo, A. and Fujimoto, M. and Kallio, E. and Kameda, S. and Leblanc, F. and Narita, Y. and Cremonese, G. and Laakso, H. and Laurenza, M. and Massetti, S. and McKenna-Lawlor, S. and Mura, A. and Nakamura, R. and Omura, Y. and Rothery, D. and Seki, K. and Storini, M. and Wurz, P. and Baumjohann, W. and Bunce, J. and Kasaba, Y. and Helbert, J. and Sprague, A. (2010) The BepiColombo mission: An outstanding tool for investigating the Hermean environment. Planetary and Space Science, 58 (1-2), pp. 40-60. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2008.06.005

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Abstract

Mercury possesses a weak, internal, global magnetic field that supports a small magnetosphere populated by charged particles originating from the solar wind, the planet's exosphere and surface layers. Mercury's exosphere is continuously refilled and eroded through a variety of chemical and physical processes acting in the planet's surface and environment. Using simultaneous two-point measurements from two satellites, ESA's future mission BepiColombo will offer an unprecedented opportunity to investigate magnetospheric and exospheric dynamics at Mercury as well as their interactions with solar radiation and interplanetary dust. The expected data will provide important insights into the evolution of a planet in close proximity of a star. Many payload instruments aboard the two spacecraft making up the mission will be completely, or partially, devoted to studying the close environment of the planet as well as the complex processes that govern it. Coordinated measurements by different onboard instruments will permit a wider range of scientific questions to be addressed than those that could be achieved by the individual instruments acting alone. Thus, an important feature of the BepiColombo mission is that simultaneous two-point measurements can be implemented at a location in space other than the Earth. These joint observations are of key importance because many phenomena in Mercury's environment are temporarily and spatially varying. In the present paper, we focus on some of the exciting scientific goals achievable during the BepiColombo mission through making coordinated observations.

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Document Type:Article
Title:The BepiColombo mission: An outstanding tool for investigating the Hermean environment
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Milillo, A.INAF/IFSI, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Fujimoto, M.JAXA/ISAS, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Kallio, E.FMI, Helsinki, FinlandUNSPECIFIED
Kameda, S.JAXA/ISAS, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Leblanc, F.Service d’Aeronomie du CNRS, Verrieres Le Buisson, France; INAF/OATS, Trieste, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Narita, Y.IGEP, TU Braunschweig, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Cremonese, G.INAF/OAPD, Padova, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Laakso, H.ESA, Estec, HollandUNSPECIFIED
Laurenza, M.INAF/IFSI, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Massetti, S.INAF/IFSI, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
McKenna-Lawlor, S.STIL National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, IrelandUNSPECIFIED
Mura, A.INAF/IFSI, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Nakamura, R.Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 8042 Graz, AustriaUNSPECIFIED
Omura, Y.Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Rothery, D.Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Open University, Milton Keynes, UKUNSPECIFIED
Seki, K.STEL & IAR, Nagoya University, Aichi, Japan), AQ(INAF/IFSI, Rome, ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Storini, M.Physikalisches Institut, University of Bern, SwitzerlandUNSPECIFIED
Wurz, P.Space Research Institute, Austrian Academy of Sciences, 8042 Graz, AustriaUNSPECIFIED
Baumjohann, W.Space Research Centre, University of Leicester, UKUNSPECIFIED
Bunce, J.Department Geophysics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Kasaba, Y.Department of Geophysics, Tohoku University, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8578, JapanUNSPECIFIED
Helbert, J. joern.helbert (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sprague, A.Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, Tucson, USAUNSPECIFIED
Date:January 2010
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:58
DOI :10.1016/j.pss.2008.06.005
Page Range:pp. 40-60
Publisher:Elsevier
Status:Published
Keywords:The BepiColombo mission: An outstanding tool for investigating the Hermean environment
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 - Vorhaben BepiColombo (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research
Deposited By: Stiebeler, Ulrike
Deposited On:11 Jan 2011 15:01
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:48

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