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Proposal Information for 2012B-0568


PI: Chad Trujillo, Gemini Observatory, trujillo@gemini.edu
Address: Gemini Observatory, 670 N. Aohoku Place, Hilo, HI 96720, USA

CoI: Scott Sheppard, Carnegie Institution of Washington (Terrestrial Magn.)

Title: Surface Composition of Pluto's Moons Nix and Hydra

Abstract: We propose to place the first constraints ever on the surface composition of Nix and Hydra, Pluto's smallest moons. We will use Gemini North's AO system in conjunction with custom medium-band near-infrared filters. This powerful combination will allow us to test whether the surfaces of Nix and Hydra resemble Charon (the most likely scenario from formation simulations), Pluto, or a neutral surface.


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