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Observation of Mercury's Exopshere with the Visible Channels of PHEBUS during BEPICOLOMBO First Mercury's Flyby

Rozenn Robidel 1 Eric Quémerais 1 Dimitra Koutroumpa 1 Jean-Yves Chaufray 1 François Leblanc 1 
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LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : The first flyby of Mercury with BepiColombo (ESA/JAXA joint mission) took place on October 1, 2021. PHEBUS (Probing of Hermean Exosphere By UltraViolet Spectroscopy) was able to observe during this flyby with its EUV detector (Extreme UltraViolet, spectral range 55-155 nm) and its visible channels, one centered on 404 nm (K emission line) and the other centered on 422 nm (Ca emission line). We will refer to the channel dedicated to potassium as c404 and the channel dedicated to calcium as c422. The observation started 30 minutes before the Closest Approach (CA) and lasted one hour, with the line of sight directed to the North and slightly anti-sunwards (Fig1). The slit was removed and the acquisitions were made every 10 seconds with an exposure time of 8 seconds.
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Rozenn Robidel, Eric Quémerais, Dimitra Koutroumpa, Jean-Yves Chaufray, François Leblanc. Observation of Mercury's Exopshere with the Visible Channels of PHEBUS during BEPICOLOMBO First Mercury's Flyby. Europlanet Science Congress 2022, Sep 2022, Granada, Spain. pp.EPSC2022-123, ⟨10.5194/epsc2022-123⟩. ⟨insu-03751800⟩

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