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Mass and spatial distribution of carbonaceous component in Comet HalleyCometary grains containing large amounts of carbon and/or organic matter were discovered by in situ measurements of cometary dust composition during VEGA and GIOTTO fly-by missions. In accordance with the classification for the data of PUMA-1 and PUMA-2 mass-spectrometers on board the VEGA spacecraft, particles with a ratio of C to any rock-forming element (Mg, Si, Fe, Ca etc.) greater than 10, were categorized as CHON. There are 464 such particles in PUMA-1 data and 51 in PUMA-2 data. Application of cluster analysis to these grains revealed several distinct compositional classes, namely: (H,C,N,O), (H,C,N), (H,C), (H,C,O), (C,N), (C,O), (C,N,O), and (C). Similar classes were identified among particles analyzed by PIA. Also, about a third of all particles fell into groups (H) and (O) characterized by abundances of these elements beyond chemically reasonable limits.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Fomenkova, M.
(California Univ., San Diego La Jolla, CA, United States)
Chang, S.
(California Univ., San Diego La Jolla, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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