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Program Information for 2017A-0193


PI: Joanna Thomas-Osip, Gemini Observatory, jthomas@gemini.edu
Address: Gemini Observatory, Colina El Pino s/n, La Serena Chile

CoI: Ellen Howell, Lunar and Planetary Lab
CoI: Javier Licandro, Instituto de Astroficsica de Canarias
CoI: Michael Nolan, Lunar and Planetary Lab
CoI: David Osip, LCO
CoI: Petr Pravec, Astronomical Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
CoI: Andrew Rivkin, Johns Hopkins U.
CoI: Amanda A Sickafoose, SAAO
CoI: Christina Thomas, PSI

Title: Mutual event campaign to characterize AIDA target NEA Didymos

Abstract: Didymos, an NEO binary system, is the target for the AIDA combined ESA (AIM) and NASA (DART) mission. We propose to use Gemini-North and Gemini-South together to obtain high precision photometric lightcurves over the full orbital period (11.92 hours) and thus a complete pair of mutual events. These observations form part of a wider campaign (with proposed or already awarded time at GTC, Magellan, SALT, and MMT) to characterize Didymos in preparation for the mission as well as to further understand the formation and evolution of a representative member of the NEO population as it pertains to both hazards and resources in near Earth space.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017A):  GEM-SQ/GMOSS -- 6.8hrs band 3 (GS-2017A-Q-64)


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