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Spin–orbit evolution of Mercury revisited
Abstract Although it is accepted that the significant eccentricity of Mercury (0.206) favours entrapment into the 3:2 spin–orbit resonance, open are the questions of how and when the capture tookExpand
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The science case for an orbital mission to Uranus: exploring the origins and evolution of ice giant planets
Giant planets helped to shape the conditions we see in the Solar System today and they account for more than 99% of the mass of the Sun's planetary system. They can be subdivided into the Ice GiantsExpand
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Uranus Pathfinder: exploring the origins and evolution of Ice Giant planets
The “Ice Giants” Uranus and Neptune are a different class of planet compared to Jupiter and Saturn. Studying these objects is important for furthering our understanding of the formation and evolutionExpand
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Interpreting the librations of a synchronous satellite – How their phase assesses Mimas’ global ocean
Abstract Most of the main planetary satellites of our Solar System are expected to be in synchronous rotation, the departures from the strict synchronicity being a signature of the interior.Expand
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Titan's rotation A 3-dimensional theory
Aims. We study the forced rotation of Titan seen as a rigid body at the equilibrium Cassini state, involving the spin-orbit synchronization. Methods. We used both the analytical and the numericalExpand
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A numerical exploration of Miranda's dynamical history
The Uranian satellite Miranda presents a high inclination (4.338 ◦ ) and evidences of resurfacing. It is accepted since 20 years (e.g. Tittemore and Wisdom 1989, Malhotra and Dermott 1990) that thisExpand
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The influence of orbital dynamics, shape and tides on the obliquity of Mercury
Abstract Earth-based radar observations of the rotational dynamics of Mercury (Margot et al., 2012) combined with the determination of its gravity field by MESSENGER (Smith et al., 2012) give cluesExpand
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Tilting Styx and Nix but not Uranus with a Spin-Precession-Mean-motion resonance
A Hamiltonian model is constructed for the spin axis of a planet perturbed by a nearby planet with both planets in orbit about a star. We expand the planet–planet gravitational potential perturbationExpand
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Expression of Cassini's third law for Callisto, and theory of its rotation
Abstract The rotation of the main natural satellites of the Solar System is widely assumed to be synchronous, because this corresponds to an equilibrium state. In the case of the Moon, 3 laws haveExpand
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