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

A. Milillo 1 M. Fujimoto 2 G. Murakami 2 J. Benkhoff 3 J. Zender 3 S. Aizawa 4 M. Dósa 5 L. Griton 4 D. Heyner 6 G. Ho 7 S. M. Imber 8, 9 X. Jia 8 T. Karlsson 10 R. M. Killen 11 M. Laurenza 1 S. T. Lindsay 9 S. Mckenna-Lawlor 12 A. Mura 1 J. M. Raines 13 D. A. Rothery 14 N. André 4 W. Baumjohann 15 A. Berezhnoy 16 P. A. Bourdin 15 E. J. Bunce 9 F. Califano 17 J. Deca 18 S. de la Fuente 19 C. Dong 20, 21 C. Grava 22 S. Fatemi 23 Pierre Henri 24 S. L. Ivanovski 25 B. V. Jackson 26 M. James 9 E. Kallio 27 Y. Kasaba 28 E. Kilpua 29 M. Kobayashi 30 Benoit Langlais 31 François Leblanc 32 C. Lhotka 15 V. Mangano 1 A. Martindale 9 S. Massetti 1 A. Masters 33 M. Morooka 34 Y. Narita 35 J. S. Oliveira 3, 36 D. Odstrcil 11 S. Orsini 1 M. G. Pelizzo 37 C. Plainaki 38 F. Plaschke 15 F. Sahraoui 39 K. Seki 40 J. A. Slavin 8 R. Vainio 41 P. Wurz 42 S. Barabash 23 C. M. Carr 43 Dominique Delcourt 24 K.-H. Glassmeier 6 M. Grande 44 M. Hirahara 45 J. Huovelin 29 Oleg Korablev 46 H. Kojima 47 H. Lichtenegger 15 S. Livi 22 A. Matsuoka 2 R. Moissl 3 Michel Moncuquet 48 K. Muinonen 29 Eric Quémerais 32 Y. Saito 2 S. Yagitani 49 I. Yoshikawa 50 J.-E. Wahlund 34
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LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : 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, Springer Verlag, 2020, 216, pp.93. ⟨10.1007/s11214-020-00712-8⟩. ⟨insu-02898972⟩

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