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Title: Investigating the physical properties of planetary surfaces using the Huygens penetrometer
Author: Atkinson, Karl R.
Awarding Body: Open University
Current Institution: Open University
Date of Award: 2009
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The Huygens probe landed on the unknown surface of Titan on 14 January 2005. Onboard, a small, protruding hemispherical-tipped penetrometer, ACC-E, part of the Surface Science Package, impacted the surface returning a short ~20 ms force signature of the mechanical resistance of the ground. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the response of an identical penetrometer to various terrestrial target materials and provide an insight into the penetrometer's performance and assess its cappability.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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