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Paper: Radio Science Investigations with the Deep Space Network
Volume: 272, The Future of Solar System Exploration, 2003-2013: Community Contributions to the NRC Solar System Exploration Decadal Survey
Page: 355
Authors: Asmar, S.W.; Aksnes, K.; Anderson, J.D.; Armstrong, J.W.; Atkinson, D.H.; Barriot, J.-P.; Bertotti, B.; Bird, M.K.; Bolton, S.J.; Dutta-Roy, R.; Edenhofer, P.; Folkner, W.M.; Hausler, B.; Iess, L.; Jensen, E.A.; Konopliv, A.S.; Kursinski, E.R.; Marouf, E.A.; Patzold, M.; Plettemeier, D.; Rappaport, N.J.; Resch, G.M.; Slade, M.A.; Smith, D.E.; Tyler, G.L.
Abstract: Scientists utilize the telecommunication links between space-craft and Earth to examine changes in the phase/frequency, amplitude, line-width, or polarization, as well as round-trip light time, of radio signals to investigate: planetary atmospheres and ionospheres, planetary rings, planetary surface characteristics, shapes, gravitational fields, orbital motion and dynamics of solar system bodies, magnetic fields of the Sun and planets, the solar wind and corona, cometary atmospheres, gravitational waves, gravitational redshift, relativistic time-delay, and other phenomena. Recommendations are made to maintain and expand the existing strong science capabilities in the network, carry them into the next generation DSN, continue advancing the technology to improve sensitivity, and to enable future experiments via an efficient multi-mission system that reduces cost via remote and automated operations.
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