31st Annual Meeting of the DPS, October 1999
Session 11. Asteroid Posters
Poster Group I, Monday-Wednesday, October 11, 1999, , Kursaal Center

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[11.06] Spectroscopic investigation of asteroid targets of spacecraft missions Rosetta and Deep Space 1.

M. Lazzarin, S. Fornasier, C. Barbieri (Astronomy Dept., Padova University), M. Di Martino (Torino Astronomical Observatory)

The International Rosetta mission, the third ESA Cornerstone, on its way to the comet P/Wirtanen will encounter two asteroids. The first fly-byed asteroid will be 4979 Otawara, on 11 July 2006. The Deep Space 1 mission, one of the two missions of NASA's New Millenium Program, launched on October 24, 1998, will fly-by the Near Earth asteroid 9969 (1992 KD) on July 29, 1999. We have performed a spectroscopic investigation of the two targets in the visible region. Both asteroids have been observed in March, 1999 with the 1.5 m telescope of ESO, La Silla. The spectra have been obtained in the spectral range 5000-10000 Å. The analysis of the data is still in progress: preliminary results seem to indicate that both asteroids belong to the S taxonomic class. The results of the observations will be reported.

The author(s) of this abstract have provided an email address for comments about the abstract: lazzarin@pd.astro.it

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