A dataset provided by the European Space Agency

Name 074347
Title Simultaneous study of SWCX at Mars near solar maximum with XMM and Mars Express


DOI https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-8ukv4ri
Author Dr Konrad Dennerl
Description We propose to utilize the exceptionally favorable observing conditions of Mars for XMM in June 2014 for detailed studies of solar wind charge exchange (SWCX) induced X-ray emission in its exosphere, accompanied by simultaneous in-situ measurements of the solar wind with Mars Express. XMM has already provided the first direct, unambiguous detection of SWCX emission from the Martian exosphere. This finding has consequences for X-ray astrophysics in general (soft X-ray background), is important for our understanding of planetary evolution (atmospheric outgassing), and opens up a novel method for remote global imaging of planetary exospheres and their spatial and temporal variability. There will be no similarly favorable opportunity before 2023.
Publication No observations found associated with the current proposal
Instrument EMOS1, EMOS2, EPN, OM, RGS1, RGS2
Temporal Coverage 2014-06-17T23:32:04Z/2014-06-19T15:57:49Z
Version 17.56_20190403_1200
Mission Description The European Space Agency's (ESA) X-ray Multi-Mirror Mission (XMM-Newton) was launched by an Ariane 504 on December 10th 1999. XMM-Newton is ESA's second cornerstone of the Horizon 2000 Science Programme. It carries 3 high throughput X-ray telescopes with an unprecedented effective area, and an optical monitor, the first flown on a X-ray observatory. The large collecting area and ability to make long uninterrupted exposures provide highly sensitive observations.
Since Earth's atmosphere blocks out all X-rays, only a telescope in space can detect and study celestial X-ray sources. The XMM-Newton mission is helping scientists to solve a number of cosmic mysteries, ranging from the enigmatic black holes to the origins of the Universe itself. Observing time on XMM-Newton is being made available to the scientific community, applying for observational periods on a competitive basis.
Creator Contact https://www.cosmos.esa.int/web/xmm-newton/xmm-newton-helpdesk
Date Published 2015-07-03T22:00:00Z
Publisher And Registrant European Space Agency
Credit Guidelines European Space Agency, 2015-07-03T22:00:00Z, 074347, 17.56_20190403_1200. https://doi.org/10.5270/esa-8ukv4ri