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The 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko observation campaign in support of the Rosetta mission

Colin Snodgrass 1 Michael F. A'Hearn 2 Francisco Aceituno 3 Viktor Afanasiev 4 Sefano Bagnulo 5 J. Bauer 6 G. Bergond 7 S. Besse 8 Nicolas Biver 9, 10 Dennis Bodewits 2 H. Boehnhardt 11 Boncho P. Bonev 12 G. Borisov 5, 13 Benoit Carry 14, 15 V. Casanova 3 A. Cochran 16 B. C. Conn 17, 18 Björn Davidsson 6 J. K. Davies 19 J. de León 20, 21 E. de Mooij 22 Miguel de Val-Borro 23, 24, 25 M. Delacruz 26 M. A. Disanti 27 J. E. Drew 28 René Duffard 3 Niklas Jt Edberg 29 S. Faggi L. Feaga 2 Alan Fitzsimmons 22 H. Fujiwara 30 E. L. Gibb 31 M. Gillon 32 S. F. Green 1 A. Guijarro 7 Aurélie Guilbert-Lepoutre 33 Pedro J. Gutiérrez 3 Edith Hadamcik 34 Olivier Hainaut 35 Shirin Haque 36 R. Hedrosa 7 Dean Hines 37 U. Hopp 38 F. Hoyo 7 D. Hutsemékers 32 M. Hyland 22 O. Ivanova 39 E. Jehin 32 G. H. Jones 40, 41 J. V. Keane 26 M. S. P. Kelley 2 Nikolai Kiselev 42 J. Kleyna 26 M. Kluge 38 Matthew M. Knight 2 R. Kokotanekova 1, 11 Detlef Koschny 43 E. Kramer 6 Josè Juan Lopez-Moreno 3 Pedro Lacerda 22 Luisa M. Lara 3 Jérémie Lasue 44 H. J. Lehto 45 Anny Chantal Levasseur-Regourd 34 Javier Licandro 21 Zhong-Yi Lin 46 Tim Lister 47 Stephen C. Lowry 48 A. Mainzer 6 Jean Manfroid 32 J. Marchant 49 A. J. Mckay 16 A. Mcneill 22 Karen J. Meech 26 Marco Micheli 50 Isa Mohammed 51 Maria Monguió 28 Fernando Moreno 3 O. Muñoz 3 M. J. Mumma 27 P. Nikolov 13 Cyrielle Opitom 32 José Luis Ortiz 3 Lucas Paganini 27 Myriam Pajuelo 52, 15 Francisco J. Pozuelos 3 Silvia Protopapa 2 Tapio, Pursimo 53 B. Rajkumar 51 Yudish Ramanjooloo 26 Christoph Ries 38 Arno Riffeser 38 Vera Rosenbush 42 Philippe Rousselot 33 Erin Ryan 54 Pablo Santos-Sanz 3 David G. Schleicher 55 M. Schmidt 38 R. Schulz 56 A. K. Sen 57 A. Somero 45 A. Sota 3 A. Stinson 5 Jessica M. Sunshine 2 A. Thompson 22 G. P. Tozzi 58 Cécilia Tubiana 11 G. L. Villanueva 27 X. Wang 59, 60 D. H. Wooden 61 M. Yagi 30 Bin Yang 35 B. Zaprudin 45 T. J. Zegmott 48 
10 Pôle Planétologie du LESIA
LESIA (UMR_8109) - Laboratoire d'études spatiales et d'instrumentation en astrophysique
34 PLANETO - LATMOS
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : We present a summary of the campaign of remote observations that supported the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission. Telescopes across the globe (and in space) followed comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from before Rosetta’s arrival until nearly the end of mission in September 2016. These provided essential data for mission planning, large-scale context information for the coma and tails beyond the spacecraft, and a way to directly compare 67P with other comets. The observations revealed 67P to be a relatively ‘well behaved’ comet, typical of Jupiter family comets and with activity patterns that repeat from orbit-to-orbit. Comparison between this large collection of telescopic observations and the in situ results from Rosetta will allow us to better understand comet coma chemistry and structure. This work is just beginning as the mission ends. In this paper we present a summary of the ground-based observations and early results, and point to many questions that will be addressed in future studies.
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Colin Snodgrass, Michael F. A'Hearn, Francisco Aceituno, Viktor Afanasiev, Sefano Bagnulo, et al.. The 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko observation campaign in support of the Rosetta mission. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 2017, 375 (n° 2097), ⟨10.1098/rsta.2016.0249⟩. ⟨insu-01401839⟩

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