Advantages of Searching for Asteroids from Low Earth Orbit: the NEOSSat Mission

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11038-005-9016-z
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TypeArticle
Journal titleEarth, Moon, and Planets
Volume95
Issue1-4
Pages3340; # of pages: 8
Subjectasteroid searching, Aten, IEO, microsatellite mission, NEOs, NEOSSat spacecraft, NESS project, observing parallax
AbstractSpace-based observatories have several advantages over ground-based observatories in searching for asteroids and comets. In particular, the Aten and Interior to Earth’s Orbit (IEO) asteroid classes may be efficiently sought at low solar elongations along the ecliptic plane. A telescope in low Earth orbit has a sufficiently long orbital baseline to determine the parallax for all Aten and IEO class asteroids discovered with this observing strategy. The Near Earth Object Space Surveillance Satellite (NEOSSat) mission will launch a microsatellite to exploit this observing strategy complementing ground-based search programmes.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics
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NPARC number9722574
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