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Program Information for 2017B-0182


PI: Nicholas Moskovitz, Lowell Observatory, nmosko@lowell.edu
Address: 1400 WEST MARS HILL ROAD, FLAGSTAFF, AZ 86001 United States

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: Mark Willman, U. of Hawaii

Title: The Mission Accessible Near-Earth Object Survey

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 ~100 new NEOs discovered monthly these criteria help to identify only the most interesting objects for follow-up study. Our approach is to build a comprehensive data set of astrometry, photometry and spectroscopy through queue, remote and target of opportunity observations. We propose here a second generation MANOS that will continue this important work while building upon the experience and success of the initial survey. Over the next three years this NASA-funded survey will grow our sample of NEO physical properties to ~1000 objects, enabling a wide range of investigations including an unprecedented look into the diversity of NEO physical properties, deeper insight into the compositional distribution of NEOs, a better understanding of the role of planetary encounters in modifying NEO properties, probing compositional links between small NEOs and meteorites, and further development of a telescopic network for reacting to time critical observations such as the discovery of an impacting asteroid.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2017B):  GEM-NQ/GMOSN -- 30hrs band 2 (GS-2017B-Q-50)


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