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Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Investigation of the atmospheres of Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto with PEP/JUICE Peter Wurz, Marek Tulej, Audrey Vorburger, and Nicolas.

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1 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Investigation of the atmospheres of Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto with PEP/JUICE Peter Wurz, Marek Tulej, Audrey Vorburger, and Nicolas Thomas Universität Bern, Physikalisches Institut, 3012 Bern, Switzerland ) Stas Barabash, Martin Wieser, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, S Kiruna, Sweden Helmut Lammer Austrian Academy of Sciences, A-8042 Graz, Austria

2 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) will perform detailed investigations of Jupiter and its system in all their inter-relations and complexity with particular emphasis on Ganymede as a planetary body and potential habitat. Investigations of Europa and Callisto would complete a comparative picture of the Galilean moons. In early May 2012 ESA announced the selection of JUICE as L-Class mission, with launch in June 2022, and 7.6 years cruise to Jupiter. In February 2013 the scientific instruments for JUICE have been selected. Most important, new light will be shed on the potential for the emergence of life in the galactic neighbourhood and beyond. The overarching theme for EJSM has been formulated as: What are the conditions for planet formation and emergence of life? How does the Solar System work? To understand the Galilean satellites as a system, Europa and Ganymede are singled out for detailed investigation.

3 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Particle Environment Package (PEP) > PEP consists of three units with elegant, modular design hosting sensors and electronics, and well- defined, minimal interfaces to the spacecraft — Zenith Unit (IRF, Sweden) — Nadir Unit (UBe, Switzerland) — JENI (APL / USA) > PEP combines remote global imaging with in- situ measurements, obtaining 3D plasma flows in less than 10s, and first-ever gas mass spectroscopy at the icy moons; > PEP uses mutual shielding, single to triple coincidence detection schemes in all sensors for operation in the harsh Jovian environment; > TRL≥6 building on direct flight & team heritage — Galileo, Cassini, Juno, Mars Express (ASPERA- 3), Venus Express (ASPERA-4), Rosetta, SOHO, New Horizons, Chandrayaan-1, IMAGE, & RBSP. > PEP team includes world leaders on the outer planets and recognised providers of space hardware. JDC JoEE JEI JNA JDC JoEE NIM Nadir Unit Zenith Unit JENI JEI

4 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Scientific Objectives of NIM The science goal of the Neutral gas and Ion Mass (NIM) spectrometer is the determination of the extended atmospheres of Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, in particular the neutral and the ionised component. The main scientific goals are: > The chemical composition of regular atmosphere produced by energetic particle and photon interaction with the surface > The ion composition of the ionosphere > Chemical analysis of geysers (if encountered) and their temporal evolution > Isotopic analysis when signal levels are sufficiently high. > Assist in the identification of the chemical nature various surface elements

5 Moscow 4–8 Mar April NIM/PEP: A TOF-MS Instrument > Time-of-flight technique > All masses are measured simultaneously > High dynamic range > Mass spectra easy to interpret > Robust, simple system > Moderate need for resources D. Abplanalp, P. Wurz, et al., Adv. Space Res. 44 (2009) 870–878.

6 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Detection level ≈10 –16 mbar Residual gas recorded at a total pressure of 5.0·10 –10 mbar

7 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Prototype Results: Mass Resolution PEP / NIM Krypton at 2·10 –9 mbar P. Wurz, D. Abplanalp, M. Tulej, and H. Lammer, Planet. Planet. Sp. Science 74 (2012) 264–269.

8 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 This image shows the approximate natural colour appearance of Europa, predominantly ice-rich regions of the crust. Europa is about 3160 km in diameter, or about the size of Earth's moon. This image was taken on 7 September 1996, at a range of 677’000 km by the solid state imaging television camera onboard the Galileo spacecraft during its second orbit around Jupiter. Long, dark lines are fractures in the crust, some of which are more than 3’000 km long. The bright feature containing a central dark spot in the lower third of the image is a young impact crater 'Pwyll' some 50 km in diameter. Dark brown areas (ice-poor) represent rocky material derived from the interior, implanted by impact, or from a combination of interior and exterior sources. Europa T.A. Cassidy, et al., Icarus 2009

9 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Europa Atmosphere compositionSurface composition The surface composition of the dark areas is not well constrained by infra-red (IR) spectroscopy, even with high spectral resolution. Bright Areas (ice-rich regions) –H 2 0, CO 2, –SO 2, S x, –H 2 O 2,... Dark Areas (ice-poor regions) –MgSO 4 xH 2 0 –Na 2 SO 4 xH 2 0 –Na 2 CO 3 xH 2 0 –H 2 SO 4 xH 2 0 Possible extremophile bacteria –Cyanidium –Deinococcus radiodurans –Sulfolobus shibatae –Escherichia coli

10 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 > NIM flyby operations — Full mass spectra at 5-sec cadence — Detection threshold 30 cm –3, in Europa’s radiation environment — dynamic range of > 10 5 > All species known in Europa‘s exosphere can be detected by NIM/PEP during the JUICE flybys — O, O 2, H 2, H 2 O, Na, SO 2, SO, CO 2, CO > Expected exospheric species from non-ice surface — Detection if surface concentration is >= 10 –3 — Mg, MgO, NaO, Ca, CaO, Al, AlO,... > Isotopes: — With a threshold of 30 cm –3 and a dynamic range of > 10 5 the D/H ratios can be resolved in the thermal component of H 2 — 18 O/ 16 O from the O 2 and H 2 O in the sputtered signal Europa Atmosphere Model

11 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Ganymede This Voyager 2 colour photo of Ganymede, the largest Galilean satellite, was taken on 7 July 1979, from a range of 1.2·10 6 km. The photo shows a large dark circular feature about 3200 km in diameter with narrow closely-spaced light bands traversing its surface. The bright spots dotting the surface are relatively recent impact craters, while lighter circular areas may be older impact areas. The light branching bands are ridged and grooved terrain first seen on Voyager 1 and are younger than the more heavily cratered dark regions. The nature of the bright region covering the northern part of the dark circular feature is uncertain, but it may be some type of condensate. Most of the features seen on the surface of Ganymede are probably both internal and external responses of the very thick icy layer which comprises the crust of this satellite. M.L. Marconi, Icarus, 2007

12 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Ganymede Exosphere > Molecular oxygen (O 2 ): Spencer et al. JGR 1996 — Leading / trailing side differences — Oxygen trapped in surface > Ozone detection: Noll et al. Science 1996 — Ozone gas trapped in ice > Oxygen atoms: Hall et al. ApJ, 1998 — Inferred vertical O 2 column densities are in the range (1–10)·10 14 cm 2 — Localised emission regions near north and south pole > Oxygen atoms: Feldman et al. ApJ, 2000 — Correlation of oxygen emissions with magnetic field topology > Ionosphere: Eviatar et al. PSS, 2001 — Bound ionosphere, mostly molecular oxygen — Corona of hot oxygen atoms > Exosphere modelling: M.L. Marconi, Icarus, 2007 — H 2 O, O 2, H 2 — Surface densities up to 10 9 cm –2 (~ 10 –7 mbar)

13 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Callisto Liang, M.-C., B. F. Lane, R. T. Pappalardo, M. Allen, and Y. L. Yung (2005), Atmosphere of Callisto, J. Geophys. Res., 110, E02003, doi: /2004JE

14 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Radiation Environment > Coaxial closed cylinder shells > Three variable shielding layers > One fixed inner layer to represent the detector housing (1.5 mm of Titanium) > MCP as disc target

15 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Radiation optimisation of NIM detector shield

16 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 NIM S/N Estimate at Europa > Graded-Z shielding (Al/Ta) — Reduces the penetrating electron flux to 4·10 4 e – /(cm 2 s) — In addition, secondary  -radiation of 5·10 5  /(cm 2 s). — Shielding improves the dynamic range to >5 decades > Assuming maximum high-energy flux of penetrating particles (electrons) of 3·10 +8 e – / (cm 2 s 1 ). > No shielding of detector: — 500 background counts in each 0.5-ns bin of the TOF spectrum accumulated for 5 seconds. — This limits the dynamic range to about 3 decades — Reduces the life-time of the MCPs

17 Moscow 4–8 Mar 2013 Summary > The atmospheres of Europa, Ganymede and Callisto are largely unknown — Result of evaporation / sublimation and exogenic processes (sputtering) — Atmospheric species are directly related to the surface > With NIM / PEP we will characterise these atmospheres — Chemical composition — Contribution from non-ice material on the surface — Isotopic composition of major species

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