Mercury's Magnetosphere After MESSENGER's First Flyby

@article{Slavin2008MercurysMA,
  title={Mercury's Magnetosphere After MESSENGER's First Flyby},
  author={James A. Slavin and Mario H. Acuna and Brian J. Anderson and Daniel N. Baker and Mehdi Benna and G. Gloeckler and Robert E. Gold and George C. Ho and Rosemary M. Killen and Haje Korth and Stamatios M. Krimigis and Ralph L. McNutt and Larry R. Nittler and Jim M. Raines and David Schriver and Sean C. Solomon and Richard D. Starr and Pavel M. Tr{\'a}vn{\'i}cek and Thomas H. Zurbuchen},
  journal={Science},
  year={2008},
  volume={321},
  pages={85 - 89}
}
Observations by MESSENGER show that Mercury's magnetosphere is immersed in a comet-like cloud of planetary ions. The most abundant, Na+, is broadly distributed but exhibits flux maxima in the magnetosheath, where the local plasma flow speed is high, and near the spacecraft's closest approach, where atmospheric density should peak. The magnetic field showed reconnection signatures in the form of flux transfer events, azimuthal rotations consistent with Kelvin-Helmholtz waves along the… 
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