MAS­COT as­ter­oid lan­der

MASCOT asteroid lander
MAS­COT as­ter­oid lan­der
Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

MASCOT asteroid lander

A to­tal of four in­stru­ments are in­stalled with­in the 30 × 30 × 20-cen­time­tre lan­der. A DLR ra­diome­ter and cam­era, to­geth­er with a spec­trom­e­ter from the In­sti­tut d’As­tro­physique Spa­tiale and a mag­ne­tome­ter from Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty Braun­schweig are set to ex­am­ine the min­er­alog­i­cal com­po­si­tion and ge­o­log­i­cal prop­er­ties of the as­ter­oid’s sur­face and mea­sure its sur­face tem­per­a­ture and mag­net­ic field. MAS­COT’s swing arm will pro­vide it with the ki­net­ic en­er­gy re­quired to per­form its ma­noeu­vres on the sur­face.

A total of four instruments are installed within the 30 × 30 × 20-centimetre lander. A DLR radiometer and camera, together with a spectrometer from the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale and a magnetometer from Technical University Braunschweig are set to examine the mineralogical composition and geological properties of the asteroid’s surface and measure its surface temperature and magnetic field. MASCOT’s swing arm will provide it with the kinetic energy required to perform its manoeuvres on the surface.

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