Title: Water and related chemistry in the solar system. A guaranteed time key programme for Herschel
Authors: Hartogh, P ×
Lellouch, E
Crovisier, J
Banaszkiewicz, M
Bensch, F
Bergin, E. A
Billebaud, F
Biver, N
Blake, G. A
Blecka, M. I
Blommaert, Joris
Bockelee-Morvan, D
Cavalie, T
Cernicharo, J
Courtin, R
Davis, G
Decin, Leen
Encrenaz, P
Encrenaz, T
Gonzalez, A
de Graauw, T
Hutsemekers, D
Jarchow, C
Jehin, E
Kidger, M
Kueppers, M
de lange, A
Lara, L-M
Lis, D. C
Lorente, R
Manfroid, J
Medvedev, A. S
Moreno, R
Naylor, D. A
Orton, G
Portyankina, G
Rengel, M
Sagawa, H
Sanchez-Portal, M
Schieder, R
Sidher, S
Stam, D
Swinyard, B
Szutowicz, S
Thomas, N
Thornhill, G
Vandenbussche, Bart
Verdugo, E
Waelkens, Christoffel
Walker, H #
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Series Title: Planetary and Space Science vol:57 issue:13 pages:1596-1606
Abstract: "Water and related chemistry in the Solar System" is a Herschel Space Observatory Guaranteed-Time Key Programme. This project, approved by the European Space Agency, aims at determining the distribution, the evolution and the origin of water in Mars, the outer planets, Titan, Enceladus and the comets. It addresses the broad topic of water and its isotopologues in planetary and cometary atmospheres. The nature of cometary activity and the thermodynamics of cometary comae will be investigated by studying water excitation in a sample of comets. The D/H ratio, the key parameter for constraining the origin and evolution of Solar System species, will be measured for the first time in a Jupiter-family comet. A comparison with existing and new measurements of D/H in Oort-cloud comets will constrain the composition of pre-solar cometary grains and possibly the dynamics of the protosolar nebula. New measurements of D/H in giant planets, similarly constraining the composition of protoplanetary ices, will be obtained. The D/H and other isotopic ratios, diagnostic of Mars' atmosphere evolution, will be accurately measured in H2O and CO. The role of water vapor in Mars' atmospheric chemistry will be studied by monitoring vertical profiles of H2O and HDO and by searching for several other species (and CO and H2O isotopes). A detailed study of the source of water in the upper atmosphere of the Giant Planets and Titan will be performed. By monitoring the water abundance, vertical profile, and input fluxes in the various objects, and when possible with the help of mapping observations, we will discriminate between the possible sources of water in the outer planets (interplanetary dust particles, cometary impacts, and local sources). In addition to these interconnected objectives, serendipitous searches will enhance our knowledge of the composition of planetary and cometary atmospheres. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 0032-0633
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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× corresponding author
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