Neutral gas measurements of comet Halley from Vega 1

E. Keppler, V. V. Afonin, C. C. Curtis, A. V. Dyachkov, J. Erö, C. Y. Fan, K. C. Hsieh, D. M. Hunten, W. H. Ip, A. K. Richter, A. J. Somogyi, G. Umlauft

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Abstract

The neutral gas experiment (ING) aboard the Vega 1 spacecraft detected cometary gas within a distance of 60,000 km from the nucleus of comet Halley. A preliminary inspection of the data permits an analysis of the variation in neutral gas density. Fine structure was detected in the spatial distribution of lower-mass species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-274
Number of pages2
JournalNature
Volume321
Issue number6067
DOIs
StatePublished - 1986

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