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SATURN PROBES: Why, Where, How? Sushil K. Atreya

Summary: SATURN PROBES: Why, Where, How?
Sushil K. Atreya
Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143, USA,
Email: atreya@umich.edu Homepage: http://www.umich.edu/~atreya
Proceedings, International Planetary Probe Workshop, IPPW-4, Pasadena, California, June 2006
(Date of Submission: 8 August 2006)
While the critical heavy element abundance data for
Jupiter will exist following the measurements on deep
water (O/H) from Juno in 2016/2017, together with the
1995 Galileo Probe results on other key heavy elements,
no such possibility currently exists for Saturn. At the
same time, it is essential to have equivalent set of
measurements at both gas giant planets, in order to
build robust models for the formation of the giant
planets, in particular, and the solar system, in general.
In an earlier paper, Atreya et al. [1] presented a scenario
of shallow entry probes combined with microwave
radiometry (MWR), as an alternative to deep
atmospheric probes for composition measurements at


Source: Atreya, Sushil - Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science, University of Michigan


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