Of landers and orbiters

Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)


In July—August 1970 the US National Academy of Sciences’ Woods Hole Summer Study Conference held a symposium at which space scientists put forward ideas for planetary exploration in the next 10 to 15 years that would, in part, directly shape NASA’s program and, indirectly, the Soviet one. It was suggested that orbiting and landing probes should explore Mars and Venus in detail, orbiters should study Jupiter and Mercury, flyby probes should reconnoiter the outer planets, the Sun should be approached to at least 0.3 AU, and preferably 0.05 AU, and should also be observed from high latitudes. Finally, there should be preliminary investigations of comets, asteroids and other minor bodies of the solar system.1


Solar Wind Dust Storm Landing Site Radio Occultation Launch Vehicle 
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