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A Heat flow and physical properties package for the surface of Mercury

Spohn, Tilman; Ball, Andrew J.; Seiferlin, Karsten; Conzelmann, Vera; Hagermann, Axel; Komle, Norbert I. and Kargl, Gunter (2001). A Heat flow and physical properties package for the surface of Mercury. Planetary and Space Science, 49(14-15) pp. 1571–1577.

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European Space Agencies fifth cornerstone mission BepiColombo includes a ‘Surface Element’ to land a scientific payload on the surface of Mercury. The current strawman payload includes a heat flow and physical properties package (HP3), focussing on key thermal and mechanical properties of the near-surface material (down to a depth of 2–5 m) and the measurement of heat flow from Mercury's interior, an important constraining parameter for models of the planet's interior and evolution. We present here an overview of the HP3 experiment package and its possible accommodation in a self-inserting ‘mole’ device. A mole is considered to be the most appropriate deployment method for HP3, at least in the currently-assumed case of an airbag-assisted soft landing architecture for the Mercury Surface Element.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0032-0633
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 3412
Depositing User: Users 6044 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2006
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 15:56
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