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Proposal Information for 2013A-0387


PI: Nicholas Moskovitz, MIT, nmosko@mit.edu
Address: EAPS, 54-427, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

CoI: Mark Willman, Univ. Hawaii, IfA
CoI: Henry Hsieh, Univ. Hawaii, IfA
CoI: Michele Bannister, ANU
CoI: David Pollishook, MIT
CoI: Richard Binzel, MIT
CoI: Francesca DeMeo, MIT

Title: Post-Flyby Observations of Near-Earth Asteroid 2012 DA14

Abstract: On 2013 February 15 UT, the near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 will make an unprecedented close flyby of the Earth inside the orbital distance of geosynchronous satellites. What is unprecedented by this encounter is our advance knowledge of this incoming trajectory, allowing us to forge a detailed coordinated plan for observation and testing of physical models predicting tidal distortion near our planet's Roche limit. This coupling of observations and physical models will provide insight on the geophysical properties of 2012 DA14. These properties, for example the extent of internal fracturing, are largely unknown for asteroids in general and particularly for those in the size range of 2012 DA14. This is critical information for understanding a class of objects that are relevant to impact hazard assessment and to spacecraft and human exploration.


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