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Orbiter Instruments


Rosetta is an interplanetary spacecraft whose main objective is to rendezvous with Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In order to investigate the comet nucleus and the gas and dust ejected from the nucleus as the comet approaches the Sun, Rosetta carries a suite of eleven instruments on the comet orbiter and Philae, a lander equipped with a further ten instruments which perform surface measurements.

The orbiter instruments combine remote sensing techniques, such as cameras and radio science measurements, with direct sensing systems such as dust and particle analysers.

The instruments are provided by collaborative efforts between scientific institutes in ESA member states and the USA. Principal investigators in different European countries and America lead the nationally funded collaborations.

Rosetta Orbiter Instruments
Instrument Principal Investigator
Alice Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrometer Alan Stern,
Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA
CONSERT Comet Nucleus Sounding Experiment by Radio wave Transmission Wlodek Kofman,
Institut de Planétologie et d'Astrophysique de Grenoble, Grenoble, France
COSIMA Cometary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser Martin Hilchenbach,
Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
GIADA Grain Impact Analyser and Dust Accumulator Alessandra Rotundi,
Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope", Naples, Italy
MIDAS Micro-Imaging Dust Analysis System Mark Bentley,
Institut für Weltraumforschung, Graz, Austria
MIRO Microwave Instrument for the Rosetta Orbiter Samuel Gulkis,
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA
OSIRIS Optical, Spectroscopic, and Infrared Remote Imaging System Holger Sierks,
Max-Planck-Institut für Sonnensystemforschung, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany
ROSINA Rosetta Orbiter Spectrometer for Ion and Neutral Analysis Kathrin Altwegg,
Universität Bern, Switzerland
RPC Rosetta Plasma Consortium
ICA Ion Composition Analyser Hans Nilsson,
Institutet för rymdfysik, Kiruna, Sweden
IES Ion and Electron Sensor James Burch,
Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA
LAP Langmuir Probe Anders Eriksson,
Institutet för rymdfysik, Uppsala, Sweden
MAG Fluxgate Magnetometer Karl-Heinz Glassmeier,
Technische Universität, Braunschweig, Germany
MIP Mutual Impedance Probe Jean-Pierre Lebreton,
Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l'Environnement et de l'Espace, Orléans, France
PIU Plasma Interface Unit Christopher Carr,
Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London, United Kingdom
RSI Radio Science Investigation Martin Pätzold,
Rheinisches Institut für Umweltforschung an der Universität zu Köln (RIU-PF), Cologne, Germany
VIRTIS Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer Fabrizio Capaccioni,
Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, Rome, Italy


Last Update: 24 November 2016

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