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The Giotto encounter with comet Halley

Nature volume 321, pages 313318 (15 May 1986) | Download Citation

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The Giotto spacecraft encountered comet Halley on 14 March 1986, approaching to within 600km of the nucleus. Its scientific payload comprised ten hardware experiments: a narrow-angle camera, three mass spectrometers (for neutrals, ions and dust), various dust detectors a photopolarimeter and a set of plasma experiments. All experiments performed well and returned a wealth of new scientific results, of which perhaps the most important was the clear identification of the cometary nucleus.

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  1. Space Science Department, ESA/ESTEC, Keplerlaan, 2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

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