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Saturn PRobe Interior and aTmosphere Explorer (SPRITE)The Vision and Voyages Planetary Decadal Survey identified a Saturn Probe mission as one of the high priority New Frontiers mission targets[1]. Many aspects of the Saturn system will not have been fully investigated at the end of the Cassini mission, because of limitations in its implementation and science instrumentation. Fundamental measurements of the interior structure and noble gas abundances of Saturn are needed to better constrain models of Solar System formation, as well as to provide an improved context for exoplanet systems. The SPRITE mission will fulfill the scientific goals of the Decadal Survey Saturn probe mission. It will also provide ground truth for quantities constrained by Cassini and conduct new investigations that improve our understanding of Saturn's interior structure and composition, and by proxy, those of extrasolar giant planets.
Document ID
20160009334
Document Type
Presentation
Authors
Simon, Amy (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Banfield, D. (Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Atkinson, D. (Idaho Univ. Boise, ID, United States)
Atreya, S. (Michigan Univ. Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Brinckerhoff, W. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Colaprete, A. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Coustenis, A. (Observatoire de Paris-Meudon France)
Fletcher, L. (Leicester Univ. United Kingdom)
Guillot, T. (Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur Grasse, France)
Hofstadter, M. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lunine, J. (Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Mahaffy, P. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Marley, M. (NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA, United States)
Mousis, O. (Laboratoire d' Astrophysique de Marseille Marseille, France)
Spilker, T. (Independent Consultant)
Trainer, M. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Webster, C. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
July 25, 2016
Publication Date
June 11, 2016
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN33229
Meeting Information
International Planetary Probe Workshop(Laurel, MD)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
PRobe
SPRITE
Saturn

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