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Mercury Orbiter: Report of the Science Working TeamThe results are presented of the Mercury Orbiter Science Working Team which held three workshops in 1988 to 1989 under the auspices of the Space Physics and Planetary Exploration Divisions of NASA Headquarters. Spacecraft engineering and mission design studies at the Jet Propulsion Lab were conducted in parallel with this effort and are detailed elsewhere. The findings of the engineering study, summarized herein, indicate that spin stabilized spacecraft carrying comprehensive particles and fields experiments and key planetology instruments in high elliptical orbits can survive and function in Mercury orbit without costly sun shields and active cooling systems.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
Belcher, John W.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD., United States)
Slavin, James A.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Armstrong, Thomas P.
(NASA Headquarters Washington, DC United States)
Farquhar, Robert W.
(Alaska Univ. Fairbanks., United States)
Akasofu, Syun I.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD., United States)
Baker, Daniel N.
(California Univ. Berkeley., United States)
Cattell, Cynthia A.
(Johns Hopkins Univ. Laurel, MD., United States)
Cheng, Andrew F.
(New Hampshire Univ. Durham., United States)
Chupp, Edward L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Clark, Pamela E.
(Jet Propulsion Lab. California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
February 1, 1991
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.15:4255
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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