The Suess-Urey (S-U) mission has been proposed as a NASA Discovery mission to return samples of matter from the Sun to the Earth for isotopic and chemical analyses in terrestrial laboratories to provide a major improvement in our knowledge of the average chemical and isotopic composition of the solar system. The S-U spacecraft and sample return capsule will be placed in a halo orbit around the L1 Sun-Earth libration point for two years to collect solar wind ions which implant into large passive collectors made of ultra-pure materials. Constant Spacecraft-Sun-Earth geometries enable simple spin stabilized attitude control, simple passive thermal control, and a fixed medium gain antenna. Low data requirements and the safety of a Sun-pointed spinner, result in extremely low mission operations costs.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - 1996|
|Event||Proceedings of the 1996 2nd IAA International Conference on Low-Cost Planetary Missions - Laurel, MD, USA|
Duration: Apr 16 1996 → Apr 19 1996
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aerospace Engineering