The Rosetta Lander Experiment Sesame and the New Target Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

  • K. J. Seidensticker
  • H.-H. Fischer
  • D. Madlener
  • S. Schieke
  • K. Thiel
  • A. Péter
  • W. Schmidt
  • R. Trautner
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 311)

Abstract

SESAME is an international instrument complex carried by the Rosetta Lander. Most of the instrument sensors are mounted within the soles of the landing gear feet in order to provide good contact with or proximity to the cometary surface. The main aim of these instruments is to measure physical properties of the cometary surface layer and of emitted particles by acoustic and electrical methods. The scientific goals, the measuring principles and performance parameters are described. In addition, we discuss the impact by selecting 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko as the new target comet.

Keywords

Dust Sine Huygens 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. J. Seidensticker
    • 1
  • H.-H. Fischer
    • 1
  • D. Madlener
    • 1
  • S. Schieke
    • 1
  • K. Thiel
    • 2
  • A. Péter
    • 3
  • W. Schmidt
    • 4
  • R. Trautner
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute of Space SimulationDLRCologneGermany
  2. 2.Dept. for Nuclear ChemistryUniversity of CologneGermany
  3. 3.Atomic Energy Research InstituteKFKIBudapestHungary
  4. 4.Finnish Meteorological InstituteHelsinkiFinland
  5. 5.RSSD, ESTEC, ESANoordwijkNetherlands

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