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The MESSENGER Mission to Mercury

The MESSENGER Mission to Mercury

by D.L. Domingue, C.T. Russell


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This is the first book to present the science and instruments of NASA’S MESSENGER space mission. The articles, written by the experts in each area of the MESSENGER mission, describe the mission, spacecraft, scientific objectives, and payload. The book is of interest to all potential users of the data returned by the mission, to those studying the nature of Mercury, and by all those interested in the design and implementation of planetary exploration missions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780387772110
Publisher: Springer New York
Publication date: 02/25/2008
Edition description: 2007
Pages: 623
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

MESSENGER Mission Overview.- The Geology of Mercury: The View Prior to the MESSENGER Mission.- MESSENGER and the Chemistry of Mercury’s Surface.- The Geophysics of Mercury: Current Status and Anticipated Insights from the MESSENGER Mission.- MESSENGER: Exploring Mercury’s Magnetosphere.- Mercury’s Atmosphere: A Surface-Bounded Exosphere.- The MESSENGER Spacecraft.- MESSENGER Mission Design and Navigation.- The Mercury Dual Imaging System on the MESSENGER Spacecraft.- The MESSENGER Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer.- The X-ray Spectrometer on the MESSENGER Spacecraft.- The Magnetometer Instrument on MESSENGER.- The Mercury Laser Altimeter Instrument for the MESSENGER Mission.- The Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer for the MESSENGER Mission.- The Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer Instrument on the MESSENGER Spacecraft.- The Radio Frequency Subsystem and Radio Science on the MESSENGER Mission.- Launch and Early Operation of the MESSENGER Mission.- The MESSENGER Science Operations Center.- The MESSENGER Science Operations Center.

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