Ground-Based Observational Support for Spacecraft Exploration of the Outer Planets

@article{Orton2009GroundBasedOS,
  title={Ground-Based Observational Support for Spacecraft Exploration of the Outer Planets},
  author={Glenn S. Orton},
  journal={Earth, Moon, and Planets},
  year={2009},
  volume={105},
  pages={143-152}
}
  • G. Orton
  • Published 28 February 2009
  • Physics
  • Earth, Moon, and Planets
This report presents both a retrospective of ground-based support for spacecraft missions to the outer solar system and a perspective of support for future missions. Past support is reviewed in a series of case studies involving the author. The most basic support is essential, providing the mission with information without which the planned science would not have been accomplished. Another is critical, without which science would have been returned, but missing a key element in its… 
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