The scientific objectives of MUPUS (MUlti-PUrpose Sensors for Surface and Sub-Surface Science) are summarised as follows:
- To understand the properties and layering of the near-surface matter as these evolve with time as the comet rotates and approaches the Sun.
- To understand the energy balance at the surface and its variation with time and depth.
- To understand the mass balance at the surface and its evolution with time.
- To provide ground truth for thermal mapping from the Orbiter, and to support other instruments on the Rosetta Lander (e.g. SESAME-CASSE).
MUPUS penetrator (PEN and hammer)
Last Update: 09 Apr 2010