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Program Information for 2017B-0111


PI: Nicholas Moskovitz, Lowell Observatory, nmosko@lowell.edu
Address: ,, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 USA

CoI: Michael Mommert, Northern Arizona U.
CoI: Christina Thomas, PSI
CoI: Brian Skiff, Lowell Observatory
CoI: David Polishook, Weizmann Institute of Science
CoI: Audrey Thirouin, Lowell Observatory
CoI: Richard P Binzel, MIT
CoI: Brian Burt, Lowell Observatory
CoI: David E Trilling, Northern Arizona U.
CoI: Ed Christensen, U. of Arizona
CoI: Francesca Demeo, MIT
CoI: Beth Willman, U. of Hawaii

Title: The Mission Accessible Near-Earth Object Survey (MANOS)

Abstract: The Mission Accessible Near-Earth Object Survey or MANOS began in 2013 as a physical characterization survey of newly discovered, sub-km, spacecraft-accessible NEOs. With $sim0 new NEOs discovered monthly these criteria help to identify only the most interesting objects for follow-up study. Our main goal is to build a comprehensive data set of astrometry, photometry and spectroscopy through queue, remote, in-situ, and target of opportunity observations. We propose here a second generation MANOS that will continue this important work while building upon the success of the initial survey. Over the next three years this NASA-funded effort will grow our sample of NEO physical properties to $sim00 objects, enabling a variety of science investigations including an unprecedented look into the diversity of NEO physical properties, the compositional distribution of NEOs, and the role of planetary encounters in modifying NEO properties. This will have direct implications for future spacecraft mission planning, asteroid impact hazard assessment, and the ability to rapidly respond to future time critical events such as the discovery of a pre- impacting asteroid.

Program Type: Long Term/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017B):  SOAR/Goodman -- 6n on Aug 20 2017, Sep 27 2017, Oct 29 2017, Dec 01 2017, Dec 21 2017, Jan 25 2018
Run 1 (2018A):  SOAR/Goodman -- 6n on Feb 22 2018, Mar 25 2018, Apr 24 2018, May 23 2018, Jun 21 2018, Jul 21 2018
Run 1 (2018B):  SOAR/Goodman -- 5n on Aug 18 2018, Sep 17 2018, Oct 20 2018, Dec 16 2018, Jan 16 2019


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