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Investigating Mercury's Environment with the Two-Spacecraft BepiColombo Mission

1 IAPS - Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali - INAF
2 ISAS - Institute of Space and Astronautical Science
3 ESTEC - European Space Research and Technology Centre
4 IRAP - Institut de recherche en astrophysique et planétologie
5 Wigner Research Centre for Physics [Budapest]
6 IGEP - Institut für Geophysik und Extraterrestrische Physik [Braunschweig]
7 APL - Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory [Laurel, MD]
8 AOSS - Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences [Ann Arbor]
9 Space Research Centre [Leicester]
10 Department of Space and Plasma Physics [Stockholm]
11 GSFC - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
12 Space Technology Ireland Limited
13 CLaSP - Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
14 School of Physical Sciences [Milton Keynes]
15 IWF - Space Research Institute of Austrian Academy of Sciences
16 Sternberg Astronomical Institute [Moscow]
17 University of Pisa - Università di Pisa
18 University of Colorado [Boulder]
19 ESAC - European Space Astronomy Centre
20 PPPL - Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
21 Department of Astrophysical Sciences [Princeton]
22 SwRI - Southwest Research Institute [San Antonio]
23 IRF - Swedish Institute of Space Physics [Kiruna]
24 LPC2E - Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace
25 OAT - INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Trieste
26 UC San Diego - University of California [San Diego]
27 Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering [Espoo]
28 PPARC - Planetary Plasma and Atmospheric Research Center [Sendai]
29 Department of Physics [Helsinki]
30 PERC - Planetary Exploration Research Center [Chiba]
31 LPG - Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géodynamique [UMR 6112]
33 Blackett Laboratory
34 IRF - Swedish Institute of Space Physics [Uppsala]
35 Institute of Physics [Graz]
36 CITEUC - Centro de Investigação da Terra e do Espaço da UC
37 IFN - CNR Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies
38 Italian Space Agency
39 LPP - Laboratoire de Physique des Plasmas
40 Department of Earth and Planetary Science [Tokyo]
41 SRL - Space Research Laboratory [Turku]
42 Physics Institute [Bern]
43 Department of Physics [Imperial College London]
44 Institute of Mathematical and Physical Sciences [Aberystwyth]
45 ISEE - Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research [Nagoya]
46 IKI - Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
47 RISH - Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere
48 LESIA - Laboratoire d'études spatiales et d'instrumentation en astrophysique = Laboratory of Space Studies and Instrumentation in Astrophysics
49 Graduate School of the Natural Science and Technology [Kanazawa]
50 Department of Complexity Science and Engineering [Tokyo]
François Leblanc
A. Masters
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C. Plainaki
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F. Sahraoui
P. Wurz
S. Livi
Eric Quémerais
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The ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission will provide simultaneous measurements from two spacecraft, offering an unprecedented opportunity to investigate magnetospheric The BepiColombo mission to Mercury Edited A. Milillo et al. and exospheric dynamics at Mercury as well as their interactions with the solar wind, radiation , and interplanetary dust. Many scientific instruments onboard the two spacecraft will be completely, or partially devoted to study the near-space environment of Mercury as well as the complex processes that govern it. Many issues remain unsolved even after the MESSENGER mission that ended in 2015. The specific orbits of the two spacecraft, MPO and Mio, and the comprehensive scientific payload allow a wider range of scientific questions to be addressed than those that could be achieved by the individual instruments acting alone, or by previous missions. These joint observations are of key importance because many phenomena in Mercury's environment are highly temporally and spatially variable. Examples of possible coordinated observations are described in this article, analysing the required geometrical conditions, pointing, resolutions and operation timing of different BepiColombo instruments sensors.
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A. Milillo, M. Fujimoto, G. Murakami, J. Benkhoff, J. Zender, et al.. Investigating Mercury's Environment with the Two-Spacecraft BepiColombo Mission. Space Science Reviews, 2020, 216, pp.93. ⟨10.1007/s11214-020-00712-8⟩. ⟨insu-02898972⟩
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