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27 August 2010 MERTIS: understanding Mercury's surface composition from mid-infrared spectroscopy
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The Mercury Radiometer and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer MERTIS on the joint ESA-JAXA mission BepiColombo to Mercury is combining a spectrometer using an uncooled microbolometer in a pushbroom mode with a highly miniaturized radiometer. A full development model of MERTIS is now available. So, after three flybys of Mercury by the MESSENGER mission and with the Planetary Emissivity Laboratory at DLR in Berlin that can routinely obtain infrared emission spectra at high temperatures it is a good time to review the MERTIS science requirements and the performance in perspective of our new knowledge of Mercury.
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Jörn Helbert, Harald Hiesinger, Ingo Walter, Thomas Säuberlich, Alessandro Maturilli, Mario D'Amore, Jörg Knollenberg, Eckehard Lorenz, Gisbert Peter, and Gabriele E. Arnold "MERTIS: understanding Mercury's surface composition from mid-infrared spectroscopy", Proc. SPIE 7808, Infrared Remote Sensing and Instrumentation XVIII, 78080J (27 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859816; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.859816
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