THE MISSION ACCESSIBLE NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS SURVEY (MANOS)

FIRST PHOTOMETRIC RESULTS

A. Thirouin, N. Moskovitz, R. P. Binzel, E. Christensen, F. E. Demeo, M. J. Person, D. Polishook, C. A. Thomas, David E Trilling, M. Willman, M. Hinkle, B. Burt, D. Avner, F. J. Aceituno

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Abstract

The Mission Accessible Near-Earth Objects Survey aims to physically characterize sub-km near-Earth objects (NEOs). We report the first photometric results from the survey that began in 2013 August. Photometric observations were performed using 1-4 m class telescopes around the world. We present rotational periods and light curve amplitudes for 86 sub-km NEOs, though in some cases only lower limits are provided. Our main goal is to obtain light curves for small NEOs (typically, sub-km objects) and estimate their rotational periods, light curve amplitudes, and shapes. These properties are used for a statistical study to constrain overall properties of the NEO population. A weak correlation seems to indicate that smaller objects are more spherical than larger ones. We also report seven NEOs that are fully characterized (light curve and visible spectra) as the most suitable candidates for a future human or robotic mission. Viable mission targets are objects fully characterized, with Δv NHATS ≤ 12 km s-1, and a rotational period P > 1 hr. Assuming a similar rate of object characterization as reported in this paper, approximately 1230 NEOs need to be characterized in order to find 100 viable mission targets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number163
JournalAstronomical Journal
Volume152
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

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near Earth objects
light curve
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Keywords

  • asteroids: general
  • minor planets

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  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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Thirouin, A., Moskovitz, N., Binzel, R. P., Christensen, E., Demeo, F. E., Person, M. J., ... Aceituno, F. J. (2016). THE MISSION ACCESSIBLE NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS SURVEY (MANOS): FIRST PHOTOMETRIC RESULTS. Astronomical Journal, 152(6), [163]. https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/152/6/163

THE MISSION ACCESSIBLE NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS SURVEY (MANOS) : FIRST PHOTOMETRIC RESULTS. / Thirouin, A.; Moskovitz, N.; Binzel, R. P.; Christensen, E.; Demeo, F. E.; Person, M. J.; Polishook, D.; Thomas, C. A.; Trilling, David E; Willman, M.; Hinkle, M.; Burt, B.; Avner, D.; Aceituno, F. J.

In: Astronomical Journal, Vol. 152, No. 6, 163, 01.12.2016.

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Thirouin, A, Moskovitz, N, Binzel, RP, Christensen, E, Demeo, FE, Person, MJ, Polishook, D, Thomas, CA, Trilling, DE, Willman, M, Hinkle, M, Burt, B, Avner, D & Aceituno, FJ 2016, 'THE MISSION ACCESSIBLE NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS SURVEY (MANOS): FIRST PHOTOMETRIC RESULTS', Astronomical Journal, vol. 152, no. 6, 163. https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/152/6/163
Thirouin A, Moskovitz N, Binzel RP, Christensen E, Demeo FE, Person MJ et al. THE MISSION ACCESSIBLE NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS SURVEY (MANOS): FIRST PHOTOMETRIC RESULTS. Astronomical Journal. 2016 Dec 1;152(6). 163. https://doi.org/10.3847/0004-6256/152/6/163
Thirouin, A. ; Moskovitz, N. ; Binzel, R. P. ; Christensen, E. ; Demeo, F. E. ; Person, M. J. ; Polishook, D. ; Thomas, C. A. ; Trilling, David E ; Willman, M. ; Hinkle, M. ; Burt, B. ; Avner, D. ; Aceituno, F. J. / THE MISSION ACCESSIBLE NEAR-EARTH OBJECTS SURVEY (MANOS) : FIRST PHOTOMETRIC RESULTS. In: Astronomical Journal. 2016 ; Vol. 152, No. 6.
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