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Solar wind observations from BepiColombo MPO-MAG and BERM during Nov-Dec 2020

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posted on 2021-11-08, 11:08 authored by Beatriz Sanchez-CanoBeatriz Sanchez-Cano, Daniel Heyner, Richard Moissl

This dataset contains unreleased data from the BepiColombo mission for the period 2020-11-27 to 2020-12-15 during the cruise phase to Mercury. In particular, it contains magnetic field observations from the MPO-MAG instrument (Heyner et al. 2021), and energetic particles from the BERM instrument (Pinto et al. 2022).



****************IMPORTANT NOTE****************


These data have not been released yet to the Planetary Science Archive (PSA). As consequence, they may still suffer some changes due to future calibrations before they are released to the PSA.

Therefore, we strongly encourage all the users to contact the following people before using this dataset.


- Dr Beatriz Sánchez-Cano, University of Leicester, BepiColombo Guest Investigator, bscmdr1@leicester.ac.uk


- Dr Daniel Heyner, TU Braunschweig, Principal Investigator of MPO-MAG, d.heyner@tu-bs.de


- Dr Richard Moissl, European Space Agency, Principal Investigator of BERM, richard.moissl@esa.int


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File descriptions:


- MPO-MAG file, named: “MPO-MAG_Nov2020.txt”


It contains derived data from the outbound sensor. The file has 7 columns with the following information:


1- Time (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS)

2- Total magnetic field in nT.

3- Radial component of the magnetic field (Br) in nT and in RTN coordinates.

4- Tangential component of the magnetic field (Bt) in nT and in RTN coordinates.

5- Normal component of the magnetic field (Bn) in nT and in RTN coordinates.

6- Cone angle (theta) of the magnetic field in degrees.

7- Clock angle (phi) of the magnetic field in degrees.



- BERM file, named: “BERM_Nov2020.txt”

It contains uncalibrated “raw” counts. A calibration is currently being performed. The file has 7 columns with the following information:

All channel units are "counts".


1- Time (DD-MM-YYYY HH:MM:SS)

2- All particles

3- E1

4- E2

5- E3

6- E4

7- E5

8- P1

9- P2

10- P3

11- P4

12- P5

13- P6

14- P7

15- P8

16- H1

17- H2

18- H3

19- H4

20- H5

21- O1



References:


• D. Heyner et al.,(2021), The BepiColombo Planetary Magnetometer MPO-MAG: What can we Learn From the Hermean Magnetic Field? Space Sci Rev, 217, 52. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-021-00822-x


• M. Pinto et al., (2022), The BepiColombo Radiation Monitor, Space Sci Rev.


Funding

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship ST/V004115/1

STFC ST/V000209/1

STFC ST/S000429/1

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