EGU General Assembly 2023
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The M-MATISSE mission: Mars Magnetosphere ATmosphere Ionosphere and Space weather SciencEAn ESA Medium class (M7) candidate

Beatriz Sanchez-Cano1 and the the M-MATISSE team*
Beatriz Sanchez-Cano and the the M-MATISSE team
  • 1University of Leicester, United Kingdom
  • *A full list of authors appears at the end of the abstract

The “Mars Magnetosphere ATmosphere Ionosphere and Space-weather SciencE (M-MATISSE)” mission is an ESA Medium class (M7) candidate currently in Phase 0 study by ESA. M-MATISSE’s main scientific goal is to unravel the complex and dynamic couplings of the Martian magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere (MIT coupling) with relation to the Solar Wind (i.e. space weather) and the lower atmosphere. It will provide the first global characterisation of the dynamics of the Martian system at all altitudes, to understand how the atmosphere dissipates the incoming energy from the solar wind, including radiation, as well as how different surface processes are affected by Space Weather activity.

M-MATISSE consists of two orbiters with focused, tailored, high-heritage payloads to observe the plasma environment from the surface to space through coordinated simultaneous observations. It will utilize a unique 3-vantage point observational perspective, with the combination of in-situ measurements by both orbiters and remote observations of the lower atmosphere and ionosphere by radio crosstalk between them.

M-MATISSE is the product of a large organized and experienced international consortium. It has the unique capability to track solar perturbations from the Solar Wind down to the surface, being the first mission fully dedicated to understand planetary space weather at Mars. It will revolutionize our understanding and ability to forecast potential global hazard situations at Mars, an essential precursor to any future robotic & human exploration.

the M-MATISSE team:

Beatriz Sánchez-Cano, François Leblanc, David Andrews, Nicolas Andre, Andrew Coates, Raffaella D'Amicis, Johan De Keyser, Yoshifumi Futaana, Lina Hadid, Pierre Henri, Gunter Laky, Hiromu Nakagawa, Martin Pätzold, David Pisa, Ferdinand Plaschke, Jim Raines, Hanna Rothkaehl, Štěpán Štverák, Ed Thieman, Daniel Verscharen, Tom Woods, Shoichiro Yokota

How to cite: Sanchez-Cano, B. and the the M-MATISSE team: The M-MATISSE mission: Mars Magnetosphere ATmosphere Ionosphere and Space weather SciencEAn ESA Medium class (M7) candidate, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 24–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-13687,, 2023.