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Spectral observations in the 2.5–12 μm range of comet 103P/Hartley 2 were performed on 1 Jan. 1998 by the ISOPHOT instrument, on board the Infrared Space Observatory. The obtained spectrum evidences intense bands at 2.66 and 4.26 μm, attributable to H2O and CO2, respectively. The derived molecular production rates are Q(H2O) = (3.1 ± 0.2) × 1028 molec. s−1(More)
Ground and space born spectroscopic observations have shown that crystalline Mg-rich silicates are among the main components of cometary grains. We have produced amorphous Mg-rich pyroxene particles by laser evaporation of natural mineral. Thermal annealing of the material has been performed at 800 and 1000 ◦C for different time lags. Composition and(More)
The VIRTIS (Visible, Infrared and Thermal Imaging Spectrometer) instrument on board the Rosetta spacecraft has provided evidence of carbon-bearing compounds on the nucleus of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The very low reflectance of the nucleus (normal albedo of 0.060 ± 0.003 at 0.55 micrometers), the spectral slopes in visible and infrared ranges (5(More)
The Visible, InfraRed, and Thermal Imaging Spectrometer (VIRTIS) on Rosetta obtained hyperspectral images, spectral reflectance maps, and temperature maps of the asteroid 21 Lutetia. No absorption features, of either silicates or hydrated minerals, have been detected across the observed area in the spectral range from 0.4 to 3.5 micrometers. The surface(More)
The Grain Impact Analyzer and Dust Accumulator (GIADA) instrument on board ESA’s Rosetta mission is constraining the origin of the dust particles detected within the coma of comet 67 P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P). The collected particles belong to two families: (i) compact particles (ranging in size from 0.03 to 1 mm), witnessing the presence of materials(More)
Background: The study of airborne dust and water vapor properties at the Martian surface level is an important task for the achievement of some of the primary scientific goals of Mars exploration: to study the water cycle and present / past habitability, climate history and hazardous conditions. Method: The MEDUSA instrument has been designed for the direct(More)
Introduction: Our knowledge on the composition of small bodies is mainly determined from remote observations, however, fragments such as meteorites and interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) are frequently transported to Earth and provide the only extraterrestrial material which can be measured directly in laboratories. The cometary composition has been(More)
GIADA (Grain Impact Analyzer and Dust Accumulator) on-board the Rosetta space probe is designed to measure the momentum, mass and speed of individual dust particles escaping the nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (hereafter 67P). From August 2014 to June 2016 Rosetta escorted comet 67P during its journey around the Sun. Here we focus on GIADA data(More)
Mercury’s quadrangle H02 ‘Victoria’ is located in the planet’s northern hemisphere and lies between latitudes 22.5° N and 65° N, and between longitudes 270° E and 360° E. This quadrangle covers 6.5% of the planet’s surface with a total area of almost 5 million km. Our 1:3,000,000-scale geologic map of the quadrangle was produced by photo-interpretation of(More)