High-time resolution in SITU investigation of major cometary volatiles around 67P/C–G AT 3.1–2.3 au measured with ROSINA-RTOF

Mall, U.; Altwegg, Kathrin; Balsiger, Hans; Bar-Nun, A.; Berthelier, J.-J.; Bieler, André; Bochsler, Peter; Briois, C.; Calmonte, Ursina Maria; Combi, M. R.; Dabrowski, B.; Keyser, J. De; Dhooghe, F.; Fiethe, B.; Fuselier, S. A.; Galli, André; Garnier, P.; Gasc, Sébastien; Gombosi, T. I.; Hansen, K. C.; ... (2016). High-time resolution in SITU investigation of major cometary volatiles around 67P/C–G AT 3.1–2.3 au measured with ROSINA-RTOF. Astrophysical journal, 819(2), p. 126. Institute of Physics Publishing IOP 10.3847/0004-637x/819/2/126

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Comets considered to be pristine objects contain key information about the early formation of the solar system. Their volatile components can provide clues about the origin and evolution of gases and ices in the comets. Measurements with ROSINA/RTOF at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have now allowed, for the first time, a direct in situ high-time resolution measurement of the most abundant cometary molecules originating directly from a comet's nucleus over a long time-period, much longer than any previous measurements at a close distance to a comet between 3.1 and 2.3 au. We determine the local densities of H2O, CO2, and CO, and investigate their variabilities.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Physics Institute > Space Research and Planetary Sciences
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Space and Habitability (CSH)
08 Faculty of Science > Other Institutions > Emeriti, Faculty of Science

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Altwegg, Kathrin, Balsiger, Hans, Bieler, André, Bochsler, Peter, Calmonte, Ursina Maria, Galli, André, Gasc, Sébastien, Hässig, Myrtha, Jäckel, Annette, Kopp, Ernest, Le Roy, Léna, Rubin, Martin, Sémon, Thierry, Wurz, Peter


500 Science > 520 Astronomy
500 Science > 530 Physics
600 Technology > 620 Engineering




Institute of Physics Publishing IOP




Katharina Weyeneth-Moser

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11 Nov 2016 17:20

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05 Dec 2022 14:59

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