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    Special issue editorial – Plasma interactions with Solar System objects: anticipating Rosetta, Maven and Mars Orbiter Mission

    Coates, Andrew J. and Wellbrock, Anne and Yamauchi, M. (2015) Special issue editorial – Plasma interactions with Solar System objects: anticipating Rosetta, Maven and Mars Orbiter Mission. Planetary and Space Science 119 , pp. 1-2. ISSN 0032-0633.

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    Abstract

    Within our solar system, the planets, moons, comets and asteroids all have plasma interactions. The interaction depends on the nature of the object, particularly the presence of an atmosphere and a magnetic field. Even the size of the object matters through the finite gyroradius effect and the scale height of cold ions of exospheric origin. It also depends on the upstream conditions, including position within the solar wind or the presence within a planetary magnetosphere. Soon after ESA׳s Rosetta reached comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko, NASA׳s Maven and ISRO׳s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) reached Mars, and ESA׳s Venus Express mission was completed, this issue explores our understanding of plasma interactions with comets, Mars, Venus, and moons in the solar system. We explore the processes which characterise the interactions, such as ion pickup and field draping, and their effects such as plasma escape. Papers are based on data from current and recent space missions, modelling and theory, as we explore our local part of the ׳plasma universe׳.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences > UCL/Birkbeck Centre for Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2016 11:05
    Last Modified: 02 Mar 2016 11:05
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/14571

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