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Size, Albedo, and Taxonomic Type of Potential Spacecraft Target Asteroid (10302) 1989 ML

Mueller, Michael and Harris, Alan W. and Fitzsimmons, Alan (2006) Size, Albedo, and Taxonomic Type of Potential Spacecraft Target Asteroid (10302) 1989 ML. Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies, 187 (2), pp. 611-615. Elsevier. DOI: doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.01.002. ISSN 0019-1035.

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Abstract

The Amor-type near-Earth Asteroid (10302) 1989 ML has an “Earth-like” orbit (period 1.44 yr, eccentricity 0.14, inclination 4.4°), therefore the energy required to reach it from the Earth is relatively small making it a very attractive target for rendezvous missions. We have observed 1989 ML in the thermal–infrared using the Spitzer Space Telescope, and compared these data with optical and near-infrared observations. The Spitzer results imply a diameter of 0.28±0.05 km and a geometric albedo of 0.37±0.15; together with the reflectance spectrum they are consistent with the relatively rare E classification.

Document Type:Article
Title:Size, Albedo, and Taxonomic Type of Potential Spacecraft Target Asteroid (10302) 1989 ML
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Mueller, MichaelUNSPECIFIED
Harris, Alan W.UNSPECIFIED
Fitzsimmons, AlanQueen's University Belfast
Date:29 September 2006
Journal or Publication Title:Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:187
DOI:doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2007.01.002
Page Range:pp. 611-615
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0019-1035
Status:Published
Keywords:Asteroids, Infrared observations, Near-Earth objects, Spectrophotometry
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Asteroiden und Kometen (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Asteroids and Comets
Deposited By: Michael Müller
Deposited On:26 Mar 2007
Last Modified:14 Jan 2010 23:28

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