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Mercury Orbiter: Report of the Science Working Team
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Author and Affiliation:
Belcher, John W.(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD., United States);
Slavin, James A.(NASA Washington, DC., United States);
Armstrong, Thomas P.(NASA 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);
et al.
Abstract: The 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.
Publication Date: Feb 01, 1991
Document ID:
19910009647
(Acquired Nov 07, 1995)
Accession Number: 91N18960
Subject Category: LUNAR AND PLANETARY EXPLORATION
Report/Patent Number: NASA-TM-4255, REPT-91B00046, NAS 1.15:4255
Document Type: Technical Report
Publisher Information: Washington, United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Greenbelt, MD, United States
RAND Corp.; Santa Monica, CA, United States
Los Alamos National Lab.; NM, United States
Iowa Univ.; Iowa City, IA, United States
Nagoya Univ.; Aichi, Japan
Rome Univ.; Rome, Italy
Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Aeronomie; Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
Washington Univ.; Seattle, WA, United States
Lockheed Missiles and Space Co.; Palo Alto, CA, United States
California Univ.; Los Angeles, CA, United States
Description: 134p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: MERCURY SPACECRAFT; PLANETARY MAGNETOSPHERES; PLANETOLOGY; SOLAR PHYSICS; SPIN STABILIZATION; AEROSPACE ENGINEERING; ATMOSPHERIC PHYSICS; CONFERENCES; ELLIPTICAL ORBITS; MERCURY (PLANET); MERCURY PROJECT; PLANETARY ORBITS; SPACE EXPLORATION
Miscellaneous Notes: Prepared in cooperation with RAND Corp., Santa Monica, CA; LANL, NM; Iowa Univ., Iowa City; Nagoya Univ., Japan; Rome Univ., Italy; Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Aeronomie, Katlenburg-Lindau, Fed. Republic of Germany; Washington Univ., Seattle; LMSC, Palo Al
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