SARIM PLUS—sample return of comet 67P/CG and of interstellar matter

Srama, Ralf and Krüger, Harald and Yamaguchi, T. and Stephan, Thomas and Burchell, Mark J. and Kearsley, Anton T. and Sterken, V. and Postberg, Frank and Kempf, Sascha and Grün, Eberhard and Altobelli, Nicolas and Ehrenfreund, Pascale and Dikarev, V. and Horanyi, Mihaly and Sternovsky, Zoltan and Carpenter, James D. and Westphal, Andrew J. and Gainsforth, Zack and Krabbe, A. and Agarwal, J. and Yano, Hajime and Blum, J. and Henkel, Hartmut and Hillier, Jon K. and Hoppe, Peter and Trieloff, Mario and Hsu, S. and Mocker, A. and Fiege, K. and Green, Simon F. and Bischoff, A. and Esposito, Francesca and Laufer, Rene and Hyde, T. W. and Herdrich, G. and Fasoulas, S. and Jäckel, Annette and Jones, G. and Jenniskens, P. and Khalisi, E. and Moragas-Klostermeyer, Georg and Spahn, F. and Keller, H.U. and Frisch, P. and Levasseur-Regourd, A.C. and Pailer, Norbert and Altwegg, Kathrin and Engrand, C. and Auer, Siegfried and Silen, J. and Sasaki, S. and Kobayashi, M. and Schmidt, Jürgen M. and Kissel, Jochen and Marty, Bernard and Michell, Paul C.N. and Palumbo, Pasquale and Vaisberg, O. and Baggaley, Jack and Rotundi, Alessandra and Röser, Hans-Peter (2012) SARIM PLUS—sample return of comet 67P/CG and of interstellar matter. Experimental Astronomy, 33 (2-3). pp. 723-751. ISSN 0922-6435. (doi: (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The Stardust mission returned cometary, interplanetary and (probably) interstellar dust in 2006 to Earth that have been analysed in Earth laboratories worldwide. Results of this mission have changed our view and knowledge on the early solar nebula. The Rosetta mission is on its way to land on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and will investigate for the first time in great detail the comet nucleus and its environment starting in 2014. Additional astronomy and planetary space missions will further contribute to our understanding of dust generation, evolution and destruction in interstellar and interplanetary space and provide constraints on solar system formation and processes that led to the origin of life on Earth. One of these missions, SARIM-PLUS, will provide a unique perspective by measuring interplanetary and interstellar dust with high accuracy and sensitivity in our inner solar system between 1 and 2 AU. SARIM-PLUS employs latest in-situ techniques for a full characterisation of individual micrometeoroids (flux, mass, charge, trajectory, composition) and collects and returns these samples to Earth for a detailed analysis. The opportunity to visit again the target comet of the Rosetta mission 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimeenternko, and to investigate its dusty environment six years after Rosetta with complementary methods is unique and strongly enhances and supports the scientific exploration of this target and the entire Rosetta mission. Launch opportunities are in 2020 with a backup window starting early 2026. The comet encounter occurs in September 2021 and the reentry takes place in early 2024. An encounter speed of 6 km/s ensures comparable results to the Stardust mission.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Interstellar dust Cometary dust Churyumov Gerasimenko Interplanetary dust IMF Cosmic vision Sample return Dust collector Mass spectrometry
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences
Faculties > Sciences > School of Physical Sciences > Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences
Depositing User: Mark Burchell
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 13:16 UTC
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2016 10:40 UTC
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