Earth, Moon, and Planets

, Volume 90, Issue 1, pp 445–458

The Experiments Onboard the ROSETTA Lander

  • Jens Biele

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021523227314

Cite this article as:
Biele, J. Earth Moon Planet (2002) 90: 445. doi:10.1023/A:1021523227314


As a part of ESA's cornerstone mission ``ROSETTA'' to comet 46P/Wirtanen a 100 kgLander will bring a scientific payload of almost 27 kg to the surface of the nucleus.After a first scientific sequence it will operate for a considerable fraction of thecometary orbit around the sun (between 3 AU and 2 AU). Ten experiments with a number of sub-experiments are foreseen; this paper presents the current status of the Lander development and reviews the scientific capabilities of each of the experiments at a time when the Flight Model (FM) of the Lander is already delivered.

Comet nuclei payload space missions Wirtanen 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens Biele
    • 1
  1. 1.Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und RaumfahrtKöln

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