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Program Information for 2020A-0165


PI: Nicholas Moskovitz, Lowell Observattory, nmosko@lowell.edu
Address: ,, 1400 West Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001 USA

CoI: Maxime Devogele, Lowell Observatory
CoI: Cristina Thomas, Northern Arizona U.
CoI: David Polishook, Weizmann Institute of Science
CoI: Annika Gustafsson, NAU/Lowell
CoI: Michael Mommert, Lowell Observatory

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

Abstract: The Mission Accessible Near-Earth Object Survey (MANOS) began in 2013 as a physical characterization survey of newly discovered, sub-km, spacecraft-accessible NEOs. With more than 100 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, classical, and target of opportunity observations. Ultimately we aim to build a catalog of physical properties for $sim00 NEOs, enabling a variety of science investigations including an unprecedented look into the diversity of NEO characteristics, 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 pre-impacting asteroids. We propose here to continue this important work. Our MANOS sample is expected to reach around 900 objects by the end of 2019B. The request here for two additional semesters will build the catalog to 1000 objects as originally proposed. These observations will thus complete our sample and continue the survey through to the end of 2020, coincident with completion of our current NASA funding.

Program Type: Standard/Solar System

Scheduled Nights:
Run 1 (2020A):  SOAR/Goodman -- 3n on Feb 16 2020, Apr 12 2020, Jun 10 2020


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