Academic Training Lecture Regular Programme

Exploring Planets and Moons in our Solar System (1/4)

by Rucker, H.O. (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Graz, A)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium (CERN)

500/1-001 - Main Auditorium


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The lecture series comprises 5 lectures starting with the interplanetary medium, the solar wind and its interaction with magnetized planets. Knowledge on the magnetically dominated ‘spheres’ around the Giant Planets have been obtained by the Grand Tour of both Voyager spacecraft to Jupiter, Saturn, with the continuation of Voyager 2 to Uranus, and Neptune, in the late seventies and eighties of last century. These findings are now extensively supported and complemented by Cassini/Huygens to the Saturnian system. This will be discussed in detail in lecture 2. Specific aspects of magnetospheric physics, in particular radio emissions from the planets, observed in-situ and by remote sensing techniques, will be addressed in the following lecture 3. Of high importance are also the recent scientific results on planetary satellites, specifically those comprising active phenomena like volcanoes and geysirs, (as on Io, Enceladus, and Triton), with the explanation of some ring phenomena, to be addressed in lecture 4. Finally, lecture 5 gives some information on the so-called terrestrial planets with the most recent missions Mars Express, Venus Express, and in preparation BepiColombo, to Mercury. These topics will include some aspects of antenna system calibration as performed for Mars Express and for the NASA/Stereo mission, to be launched in September 2006, for the observation of solar phenomena.
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