MERTIS goes to Mercury

  • MERTIS: MErcury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer MERTIS: MErcury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer

    Mercury radiometer and thermal infrared spectrometer (MERTIS)

    In 2015, ESA's BepiColombo mission will begin its journey to Mercury. After six years in space, the spacecraft will enter orbit around Mercury and spend at least one year exploring the planet. The data acquired by its instruments will be transmitted to Earth, providing scientists with new information about the composition and properties of Mercury. Among the instruments is MERTIS (Mercury radiometer and thermal infrared spectrometer), a unique optical instrument incorporating the latest infrared technologies.

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In 2015, the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission will begin its journey to Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun. After six years in space, the spacecraft will enter orbit around Mercury and spend at least one year after 2022 exploring the planet, where surface temperatures can reach 470 degrees Celsius. The data acquired by its instruments will be transmitted to Earth, providing scientists with new information about the composition and properties of Mercury. Among the instruments is MERTIS (MErcury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Spectrometer), a unique optical instrument incorporating the latest infrared technologies. DLR and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster are developing the instrument in collaboration with German industrial companies and researchers from Poland. MERTIS will be delivered to ESA for integration into BepiColombo in 2013.

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