MESSENGER Observations of the Composition of Mercury's Ionized Exosphere and Plasma Environment

@article{Zurbuchen2008MESSENGEROO,
  title={MESSENGER Observations of the Composition of Mercury's Ionized Exosphere and Plasma Environment},
  author={T. Zurbuchen and J. Raines and G. Gloeckler and S. M. Krimigis and J. Slavin and P. L. Koehn and R. Killen and A. L. Sprague and R. Mcnutt and S. Solomon},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={321},
  pages={90 - 92}
}
  • T. Zurbuchen, J. Raines, +7 authors S. Solomon
  • Published 2008
  • Chemistry, Medicine
  • Science
  • The region around Mercury is filled with ions that originate from interactions of the solar wind with Mercury's space environment and through ionization of its exosphere. The MESSENGER spacecraft's observations of Mercury's ionized exosphere during its first flyby yielded Na+, O+, and K+ abundances, consistent with expectations from observations of neutral species. There are increases in ions at a mass per charge (m/q) = 32 to 35, which we interpret to be S+ and H2S+, with (S+ + H2S+)/(Na+ + Mg… CONTINUE READING

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