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Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo

Rothery, D.A. and Marinangeli, L. and Anand, M. and Carpenter, J.D. and Christensen, U. and Crawford, Ian A. and de Sanctis, M.C. and Epifani, E.M. and Erard, S. and Frigeri, A. and Fraser, G.W. and Hauber, E. and Helbert, J. and Hiesinger, H. and Joy, K.H. and Langevin, Y. and Massironi, M. and Milillo, A. and Mitrofanov, I. and Muinonen, K. and Naranen, J. and Pauselli, C. and Potts, P.J. and Warell, J. and Wurz, P. (2010) Mercury's surface and composition to be studied by BepiColombo. Planetary & Space Science 58 (1-2), pp. 21-39. ISSN 0032-0633.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pss.2008.09.001

Abstract

We describe the contributions that we expect the BepiColombo mission to make towards increased knowledge and understanding of Mercury's surface and composition. BepiColombo will have a larger and more capable suite of instruments relevant for determination of the topographic, physical, chemical and mineralogical properties of the surface than carried by NASA's MESSENGER mission. We anticipate that the insights gained into the planet's geological history and its current space weathering environment will enable us to understand the relationships between surface composition and the composition of different types of crust. This will enable estimation of the composition of the mantle from which the crust was derived, and lead to better constraints on models for Mercury's origin and the nature of the material from which it formed.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Mercury, BepiColombo, planetary surface, planetary composition
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 09 Feb 2011 15:02
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2013 15:12
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/1768

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