Space Science Reviews

, Volume 128, Issue 1, pp 301–337

Sesame – An Experiment of the Rosetta Lander Philae: Objectives and General Design


    • DLRInstitute of Space Simulation
  • D. Möhlmann
    • DLRInstitute of Space Simulation
    • DLRInstitute of Planetary Research
  • I. Apathy
    • KFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute
  • W. Schmidt
    • FMI, Space Research Division
  • K. Thiel
    • Dept. of Nuclear ChemistryUniversity of Cologne
  • W. Arnold
    • Fraunhofer-Institute for Non-Destructive Testing (IZFP)
  • H.-H. Fischer
    • Dept. of Nuclear ChemistryUniversity of Cologne
  • M. Kretschmer
    • DLRInstitute of Space Simulation
    • Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics
  • D. Madlener
    • DLRInstitute of Space Simulation
    • I. Institute of PhysicsUniversity of Cologne
  • A. Péter
    • KFKI, Atomic Energy Research Institute
  • R. Trautner
  • S. Schieke
    • DLRInstitute of Space Simulation
    • GE Inspection Technologies

DOI: 10.1007/s11214-006-9118-6

Cite this article as:
Seidensticker, K.J., Möhlmann, D., Apathy, I. et al. Space Sci Rev (2007) 128: 301. doi:10.1007/s11214-006-9118-6


SESAME is an instrument complex built in international co-operation and carried by the Rosetta lander Philae intended to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014. The main goals of this instrument suite are to measure mechanical and electrical properties of the cometary surface and the shallow subsurface as well as of the particles emitted from the cometary surface. Most of the sensors are mounted within the six soles of the landing gear feet in order to provide good contact with or proximity to the cometary surface. The measuring principles, instrument designs, technical layout, operational concepts and the results from the first in-flight measurements are described. We conclude with comments on the consequences of the last minute change of the target comet and how to improve and to preserve the knowledge during the long-duration Rosetta mission.


space missionsRosettacometary nucleicometary surfacecometary particlesin-situ science

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