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Planetary Seismometers

last modified 2 October 2009

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  • IPGP,
  • ETHZ,
  • MPS Lindau,
  • Imperial College,
  • Oxford University,
  • with contributions from Paris 7,
  • CNRS,
  • CNES,
  • Prodex,
  • BNSC and DLR.

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From comparative planetology of the different planets in the solar system, especially Mars, we gain understanding about how a planet, in general and the Earth, in particular, works. Little is known about the internal structure of Mars and its composition.

Large uncertainties also remain, with regards to the tectonic activity on the planet and the number of meteorite impacts (a sensitive issue with respect to the planet’s habitability) The scientific tool best suited to address these issues is seismology. The study of the internal structure of the Moon is an indispensable complement to the analysis of samples returned by Apollo and Luna missions. Analysis of geochemical and geophysical data enables us to trace the Moon’s history and explain its formation.

ISAE contributes, through project management and systems engineering, to the development of scientific instruments for planetary seismology, relying on the Netlander CNES mission heritage, through its participation in ESA ExoMars, NASA ILN (International lunar network) and SELENE-2 (JAXA) missions. These developments are part of a broad international collaboration, led by the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris.

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