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Flamini E.,Agenzia Spaziale Italiana | Capaccioni F.,Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica | Colangeli L.,National institute for astrophysics | Cremonese G.,National institute for astrophysics | And 33 more authors.
Planetary and Space Science | Year: 2010

The limited knowledge about the majority of the Mercury surface leaves many open questions regarding its geological evolution, the anomalously high metal/silicate ratio, the magnetic field generation and exosphere evolution. An integrated suite of instruments, Spectrometer and Imagers for MPO BepiColombo-Integrated Observatory SYStem (SIMBIO-SYS), which includes a stereo imaging system (STC), a high-resolution imager (HRIC) and a visible-near-infrared imaging spectrometer (VIHI), has been selected for the ESA BepiColombo mission to Mercury. SIMBIO-SYS will scan the hermean surface with the three channels and map the physical, morphological, tectonic and compositional properties of the entire planet. The availability of high-resolution images will unveil details of specific target at an unprecedented resolution. The main scientific objectives and performances along with technical characteristics of SIMBIO-SYS are described in this paper. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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