A comprehensive investigation of the Galilean moon, Io, by tracing mass and energy flows

Thomas, N. (2021). A comprehensive investigation of the Galilean moon, Io, by tracing mass and energy flows (In Press). Experimental astronomy Springer 10.1007/s10686-021-09768-y

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Io is the most volcanically-active object in the solar system. The moon ejects a tonne per second of sulphur-rich gases that fill the vast magnetosphere of Jupiter and drives million-amp electrical currents that excite strong auroral emissions. We present the case for including a detailed study of Io within Voyage 2050 either as a standalone mission or as a contribution to a NASA New Frontiers mission, possibly within a Solar System theme centred around current evolutionary or dynamical processes. A comprehensive investigation will provide answers to many outstanding questions and will simultaneously provide information on processes that have formed the landscapes of several other objects in the past. A mission investigating Io will also study processes that have shaped the Earth, Moon, terrestrial planets, outer planet moons, and potentially extrasolar planets. The aim would be simple – tracing the mass and energy flows in the IoJupiter system.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute
08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > NCCR PlanetS

UniBE Contributor:

Thomas, Nicolas

Subjects:

500 Science > 520 Astronomy
600 Technology > 620 Engineering

ISSN:

0922-6435

Publisher:

Springer

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dora Ursula Zimmerer

Date Deposited:

21 Jul 2021 09:04

Last Modified:

21 Jul 2021 09:04

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s10686-021-09768-y

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/157636

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/157636

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