EAS Publications Series
Volume 34, 2009Astronomy in the Submillimeter and Far Infrared Domains with the Herschel Space Observatory
|Page(s)||133 - 148|
|Published online||20 December 2008|
L. Pagani and M. Gerin (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 34 (2009) 133-148
Solar System observations with Herschel
LESIA, Observatoire de Paris, 92195 Meudon, France
The full opening of the submillimeter range with the operation of Herschel will provide a new window for the study of Solar System objects. The main area of anticipated progress will be the study of water and related chemistry in planetary and cometary atmospheres. The photochemistry of the martian atmosphere, the origin of water in the outer planets, and the mechanisms of water sublimation and radiative transfer in comets will be investigated in details. Several other compositional aspects, notably the D/H ratio in Mars, the Giant Planets, and comets, will also be studied by Herschel. Photometric measurements of small bodies will be performed, to characterize the size and albedo distribution in the Kuiper Belt.
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2009
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