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Planetary scientist says: Focus on Europa
vexgizmo
post Jun 11 2007, 04:32 AM
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Speaking of Io from Europa, I haven't seen much USF discussion of the Flagship study preliminary reports to OPAG last month. Europa's is on line at:
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/opag/may_07_meetin...gship_study.pdf

A careful read shows that 1 m/pixel imaging is advocated with a Narrow-Angle Camera. This would achieve up to 2.5 km/pixel imaging of Io from near Europa orbit. Excellent monitoring is possible indeed, during the 1.5-2.5 years in Jupiter orbit prior to entering Europa orbit. (It's not clear whether the camera would/could be turned to Io during the 90+ day Europa "prime science" orbital mission itself, and the many months to >1 year "extended mapping" phase at Europa which the presentation advocates.)

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post Jun 11 2007, 08:21 AM
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QUOTE (vexgizmo @ Jun 10 2007, 09:32 PM) *
It's not clear whether the camera would/could be turned to Io during the 90+ day Europa "prime science" orbital mission itself, and the many months to >1 year "extended mapping" phase at Europa which the presentation advocates.

VP may even lend his voice of support to the Europa orbiter mission if this were true.
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post Jun 15 2007, 06:29 PM
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QUOTE (mchan @ Jun 11 2007, 10:21 AM) *
VP may even lend his voice of support to the Europa orbiter mission if this were true.


According to VP the Europa orbiter should be refered to as "Io Precursor Mission" tongue.gif


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