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Proposal Information for 2010B-0415


PI: James M. Bauer, JPL, California Institute of Technology, bauer@scn.jpl.nasa.gov
Address: MS183-401, 4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena, CA 91109, USA

CoI: Amy Mainzer, JPL, California Institute of Technology
CoI: Tommy Grav, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University
CoI: Roc Cutri, IPAC, California Institute of Technology
CoI: Joseph Masiero, JPL, California Institute of Technology
CoI: The WISE Team

Title: Physical Characterization of Southern WISE Discoveries (to the End of Cryogenic Mission)

Abstract: Nearby small bodies hold special interest to the study of the solar system, as compositional preserves of solar system formation, and as means of volatile transport to, and impactors of, terrestrial planets. Based on the first 2 months of operations, WISE will discover hundreds of NEOS, tens of thousands of MBAs, and several 10s of comets, spanning distances of a few hundredths of an AU out to ~16AU. Many of these new objects must be characterized at visual wavelengths before they are lost, or become too distant to detect from their reflected sunlight. We are proposing to obtain comprehensive photometry during the last half of the WISE cryogenic mission. We will observe only the most compelling new southern-sky objects using the SOAR telescope while they remain accessible to comparative study with their mid-IR detections, i.e. soon after discovery.


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