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Surface analysis of Mercury with a mass-spectrometer

Whitby, J. A.; Busemann, H.; Rohner, U.; Benz, W. and Wurz, P. (2002). Surface analysis of Mercury with a mass-spectrometer. In: 65th Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting, 21-26 July 2002, Los Angeles, California, USA.

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Abstract

Introduction: The European Space Agency BepiColombo mission to Mercury will include a lander, the Mercury Surface Element (MSE). Although the final configuration of instruments is still to be decided, we are developing a mass spectrometer suitable for use on this lander, or in other missions where low mass and low power consumption are a priority. Advantages of a mass-spectrometer over other analytical instruments include sensitivity to almost all elements, high dynamic range, spatially resolved measurements (with an appropriate sampling technique) and the potential to determine isotopic compositions.

Item Type: Conference Item
Extra Information: Abstract #5194
Academic Unit/Department: Science > Physical Sciences
Item ID: 8310
Depositing User: Kyra Proctor
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2010 18:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/8310
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