Information - PS1 Exploring the Solar System - Missions and Techniques
In this late 2005, five scientific spacecrafts are studying Mars; either from the surface or the orbit and the new NASA Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is due to begin operations in late terrestrial spring of 2006. At the same time, the European agency SMART-1 spacecraft in Moon orbit continues its study of the satellite.
Projects of moon robotic study exist in all space agencies including the agencies of India and China. Access to the moon orbit is also one of the design parameters of the NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle and renewed manned operations on the moon are thus close to realistic plans, for their own sake and also as a preparation for a manned exploration of Mars in thirty years from now. Venus and Mercury will soon (for Venus) and much later (for Mercury) also receive new automatic visitors.
The recent discoveries performed by the Cassini-Huygens missions in the Saturn system as well as renewed interest in the Jupiter icy moons leads to the design of new missions especially aimed at the icy satellites.
We invite for this session papers on the results of present missions to these celestial bodies and papers studying diverse aspects of their interior, subsurface and external environment. Papers on future missions and especially on human exploration are also welcome, with in the case of human exploration, emphasis on the hazards presented by soil, dust and radiation. The specific science advantadge associated to the presence of human explorers should also find its way in this session.
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