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Space Science Reviews

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 103–127 | Cite as

Voyager imaging experiment

  • B. A. Smith
  • G. A. Briggs
  • G. E. Danielson
  • A. F. CookII
  • M. E. Davies
  • G. E. Hunt
  • H. Masursky
  • L. A. Soderblom
  • T. C. Owen
  • C. Sagan
  • V. E. Suomi
Article

Abstract

The overall objective of this experiment is exploratory reconnaissance of Jupiter, Saturn, their satellites, and Saturn's rings. Such reconnaissance, at resolutions and phase angles unobtainable from Earth, can be expected to provide much new data relevant to the atmospheric and/or surface properties of these bodies. The experiment also has the following specific objectives:

Observe and characterize the global circulation of the atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn;

Determine the horizontal and vertical structure of the visible clouds and establish their relationship to the belted appearance and dynamical properties of the planetary atmospheres;

Determine the vertical structure of high, optically-thin, scattering layers on Jupiter and Saturn;

Determine the nature of anomalous features such as the Great Red Spot, South Equatorial Belt disturbances, etc.;

Characterize the nature of the colored material in the clouds of Jupiter and Saturn, and identify the nature and sources of chromophores on Io and Titan;

Perform comparative geologic studies of many satellites at less than 15-km resolution;

Map and characterize the geologic structure of several satellites at high resolution (∼1 km);

Investigate the existence and nature of atmospheres on the satellites;

Determine the mass, size, and shape of many of the satellites by direct measurement;

Determine the direction of the spin axes and periods of rotation of several satellites, and establish coordinate systems for the larger satellites;

Map the radial distribution of material in Saturn's rings at high resolution;

Determine the optical scattering properties of the primaries, rings, and satellites at several wavelengths and phase angles;

Search for novel physical phenomena, e.g., phenomena associated with the Io flux tube, meteors, aurorae, lightning, or satellite shadows.

Keywords

Phase Angle Geologic Structure Vertical Structure Flux Tube Planetary Atmosphere 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. A. Smith
    • 1
  • G. A. Briggs
    • 2
  • G. E. Danielson
    • 2
  • A. F. CookII
    • 3
  • M. E. Davies
    • 4
  • G. E. Hunt
    • 5
  • H. Masursky
    • 6
  • L. A. Soderblom
    • 6
  • T. C. Owen
    • 7
  • C. Sagan
    • 8
  • V. E. Suomi
    • 9
  1. 1.University of ArizonaUSA
  2. 2.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryUSA
  3. 3.Center for Astrophysics, Harvard College Observatory and Smithsonian Astrophysical ObservatoryUSA
  4. 4.Rand CorporationUSA
  5. 5.Meteorological OfficeBracknellUK
  6. 6.U.S. Geological SurveyUSA
  7. 7.State University of New YorkStonybrookUSA
  8. 8.Cornell UniversityUSA
  9. 9.University of WisconsinUSA

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