Comets, asteroids and zodiacal light as seen by ISO

Thomas G. Müller, Péter Ábrahám, Jacques Crovisier

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ISO performed a large variety of observing programmes on comets, asteroids and zodiacal light - covering about 1% of the archived observations - with a surprisingly rewarding scientific return. Outstanding results were related to the exceptionally bright comet Hale-Bopp and to ISO's capability to study in detail the water spectrum in a direct way. But many other results were broadly recognised: Discovery of new molecules in comets, the studies of crystalline silicates, the work on asteroid surface mineralogy, results from thermophysical studies of asteroids, a new determination of the asteroid number density in the main-belt and last but not least, the investigations on the spatial and spectral features of the zodiacal light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-155
Number of pages15
JournalSpace Science Reviews
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2005


  • Asteroids
  • Comets
  • Dust
  • ISO
  • SSO (solar system objects)
  • Zodiacal light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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