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The 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko observation campaign in support of the Rosetta mission
Open Univ, Sch Phys Sci, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, Bucks, England..
Univ Maryland, Dept Astron, College Pk, MD 20742 USA..
CSIC, Inst Astrofis Andalucia, Glorieta Astron S-N, Granada 18008, Spain..
Russian Acad Sci, Special Astrophys Observ, Nizhnii Arkhyz, Russia..
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2017 (English)In: Philosophical Transactions. Series A: Mathematical, physical, and engineering science, ISSN 1364-503X, E-ISSN 1471-2962, Vol. 375, no 2097, article id 20160249Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We present a summary of the campaign of remote observations that supported the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission. Telescopes across the globe (and in space) followed comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko from before Rosetta's arrival until nearly the end of the mission in September 2016. These provided essential data for mission planning, large-scale context information for the coma and tails beyond the spacecraft and a way to directly compare 67P with other comets. The observations revealed 67P to be a relatively 'well-behaved' comet, typical of Jupiter family comets and with activity patterns that repeat from orbit to orbit. Comparison between this large collection of telescopic observations and the in situ results from Rosetta will allow us to better understand comet coma chemistry and structure. This work is just beginning as the mission ends-in this paper, we present a summary of the ground-based observations and early results, and point to many questions that will be addressed in future studies. This article is part of the themed issue 'Cometary science after Rosetta'.

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2017. Vol. 375, no 2097, article id 20160249
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comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta, observations
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Fusion, Plasma and Space Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-326482DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2016.0249ISI: 000402453000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-326482DiVA, id: diva2:1141727
Available from: 2017-09-15 Created: 2017-09-15 Last updated: 2017-09-15Bibliographically approved

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