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The Cometary Secondary Ion Mass
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- Title The Cometary Secondary Ion Mass
- Released 25/11/2002 3:37 pm
- Copyright ESA/AOES Medialab
COSIMA (Cometary Secondary Ion Mass Analyser):
Will analyse the characteristics of dust grains emitted by the comet, including their composition and whether they are organic or inorganic.
The Orbiter's scientific payload includes 11 experiments, in addition to the Lander. Scientific consortia from institutes across Europe and the United States have provided these state-of-the-art instruments. All of them are located on the side of the spacecraft that will permanently face the comet during the main scientific phase of the mission.