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The 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko observation campaign in support of the Rosetta mission

Snodgrass, C.; A'Hearn, M. F.; Aceituno, F.; Afanasiev, V.; Bagnulo, S.; Bauer, J.; Bergond, G.; Besse, S.; Biver, N.; Bodewits, D.; Boehnhardt, H.; Bonev, B. P.; Borisov, G.; Carry, B.; Casanova, V.; Cochran, A.; Conn, B. C.; Davidsson, B.; Davies, J. K.; de León, J.; de Mooij, E.; de Val-Borro, M.; Delacruz, M.; DiSanti, M. A.; Drew, J. E.; Duffard, R.; Edberg, N. J. T.; Faggi, S.; Feaga, L.; Fitzsimmons, A.; Fujiwara, H.; Gibb, E. L.; Gillon, M.; Green, S. F.; Guijarro, A.; Guilbert-Lepoutre, A.; Gutiérrez, P. J.; Hadamcik, E.; Hainaut, O.; Haque, S.; Hedrosa, R.; Hines, D.; Hopp, U.; Hoyo, F.; Hutsemékers, D.; Hyland, M.; Ivanova, O.; Jehin, E.; Jones, G. H.; Keane, J. V.; Kelley, M. S. P.; Kiselev, N.; Kleyna, J.; Kluge, M.; Knight, M. M.; Kokotanekova, R.; Koschny, D.; Kramer, E. A.; López-Moreno, J. J.; Lacerda, P.; Lara, L. M.; Lasue, J.; Lehto, H. J.; Levasseur-Regourd, A. C.; Licandro, J.; Lin, Z. Y.; Lister, T.; Lowry, S. C.; Mainzer, A.; Manfroid, J.; Marchant, J.; McKay, A. J.; McNeill, A.; Meech, K. J.; Micheli, M.; Mohammed, I.; Monguió, M.; Moreno, F.; Muñoz, O.; Mumma, M. J.; Nikolov, P.; Opitom, C.; Ortiz, J. L.; Paganini, L.; Pajuelo, M.; Pozuelos, F. J.; Protopapa, S.; Pursimo, T.; Rajkumar, B.; Ramanjooloo, Y.; Ramos, E.; Ries, C.; Riffeser, A.; Rosenbush, V.; Rousselot, P.; Ryan, E. L.; Santos-Sanz, P.; Schleicher, D. G.; Schmidt, M.; Schulz, R.; Sen, A. K.; Somero, A.; Sota, A.; Stinson, A.; Sunshine, J. M.; Thompson, A.; Tozzi, G. P.; Tubiana, C.; Villanueva, G. L.; Wang, X.; Wooden, D. H.; Yagi, M.; Yang, B.; Zaprudin, B. and Zegmott, T. J. (2017). The 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko observation campaign in support of the Rosetta mission. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 375(2097), article no. 20160249.

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Abstract

We present a summary of the campaign of remote observations that supported the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. Telescopes across the globe (and in space) followed comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko from before Rosetta's arrival until nearly the end of the mission in September 2016. These provided essential data for mission planning, large-scale context information for the coma and tails beyond the spacecraft and a way to directly compare 67P with other comets. The observations revealed 67P to be a relatively ‘well-behaved’ comet, typical of Jupiter family comets and with activity patterns that repeat from orbit to orbit. Comparison between this large collection of telescopic observations and the in situ results from Rosetta will allow us to better understand comet coma chemistry and structure. This work is just beginning as the mission ends—in this paper, we present a summary of the ground-based observations and early results, and point to many questions that will be addressed in future studies.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2017 The Authors
ISSN: 1471-2962
Extra Information: This article is part of the themed issue ‘Cometary science after Rosetta’.

22 pp.
Keywords: comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko; Rosetta; solar system; observational astronomy
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space and Astronomical Research (CEPSAR)
Item ID: 49544
Depositing User: Colin Snodgrass
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2017 08:59
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2017 14:34
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49544
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