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The Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment on the InSight Mission to Mars

Folkner, William M. ; Dehant, Véronique ; Le Maistre, Sébastien ; Yseboodt, Marie ; Rivoldini, Attilio ; Van Hoolst, Tim ; Asmar, Sami W. ; Golombek, Matthew P.

published in Space Science Reviews, 214 issue 5 (2018)

Abstract: The Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment (RISE) on-board the InSight mission will use the lander's X-band (8 GHz) radio system in combination with tracking stations of the NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) to determine the rotation of Mars. RISE will measure the nutation of the Martian spin axis, detecting for the first time the effect of the liquid core of Mars and providing in turn new constraints on the core radius and density. RISE will also measure changes in the rotation rate of Mars on seasonal time-scales thereby constraining the atmospheric angular momentum budget. Finally, RISE will provide a superb tie between the cartographic and inertial reference frames. This paper describes the RISE scientific objectives and measurements, and provides the expected results of the experiment.

DOI: 10.1007/s11214-018-0530-5

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