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Vega spacecraft encounters with comet Halley

Nature volume 321, pages 259262 (15 May 1986) | Download Citation

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The spacecraft Vega 1 and Vega 2 encountered comet Halley on 6 and 9 March 1986. Their scientific payload comprised 14 instruments, which collected data concerning the comet's optical characteristics, dust emission, and neutral gas, plasma and electromagnetic field environment. The main features of the encounters are described and highlights of the first scientific results are presented.

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  1. Space Research Institute, Profsoyuznaya 84/32, 117810 Moscow GSP-7, USSR

    • R. Z. Sagdeev
    • , A. A. Galeev
    • , V. I. Moroz
    • , V. D. Shapiro
    •  & V. I. Shevchenko
  2. Service d'Aéronomie CNRS, 91370 Verrières-le-Buisson, France

    • J. Blamont
  3. Central Research Institute for Physics, PO Box 49, H-1525 Budapest 114, Hungary

    • K. Szegő

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