Direct observation of lunar pick-up ions near the Moon
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
Copyright 1998 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 25, Issue 20, pages 3799–3802, 15 October 1998
How to Cite
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 12 AUG 1998
- Manuscript Received: 18 JUN 1998
Measurements made with the Suprathermal Ion Spectrometer (STICS) on the WIND spacecraft during 17 lunar fly-bys which took place between 1995 and 1997 allow the direct observations of lunar pick-up ions (PUI's) on the earthwards side of the Moon as close as 17 lunar radii. The composition measurements reveal an O+, an Al+, Si+ and possibly a P+ component.