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- First-of-its-Kind Study Finds Lightning Impacts Edge of Space in Ways not Previously Observed13 Sep, 2021
- 12 UCF Researchers Honored with Asteroids Named After Them31 Aug, 2021
- Arecibo Observatory Collaborations & Exhibitions (April - June, 2021)21 Jul, 2021
- The Arecibo Observatory: Current and Future Operations of the Facility21 Jul, 2021
- Arecibo Observatory: Unparalleled Science and Discovery21 Jul, 2021
- Info for AAS #239 AO-focused Special Session #20: The Arecibo Observatory REU Program - a Career Launchpad20 Jul, 2021
- AO Participation in the CEDAR 2021 workshop20 Jul, 2021
- Facilities and Operations Highlights (July 2021)19 Jul, 2021
- Arecibo Salvage Survey Committee Update for History of Astronomy19 Jul, 2021
- The Big Data Program: Arecibo Observatory Data Archive 19 Jul, 2021
- Sustainability Project: Rain Collector14 Jul, 2021
- A Career is Born at the Arecibo Observatory 14 Jul, 2021
- In Memoriam: Dr. Gordon Pettengill08 Jul, 2021
- Arecibo Observatory Spies “Pristine” Comet Before the Telescope’s Collapse08 Jul, 2021
- GBO/AO Single Dish Observing School (Hybrid) - September 13-21, 202106 Jul, 2021
|Planetary Science||AO Colloquium: Dr. Alain Herique|
On January 28th, the AO Colloquium Series featured Dr. Alain Herique of the Institut de Planetologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble (IPAG) University Grenoble Alpes in France.
Dr. Herique’s research focuses on understanding the internal structure of comets and asteroids using spacecraft radar systems. Such measurements help us to better understand the history of the small bodies since their accretion in the early Solar System.
Specifically, he emphasizes the need to use radar to measure the regolith properties on the surface, and to use bistatic radar to probe the deep interiors. This measurement was successfully done at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko using the CONSERT instrument on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta Mission, which was co-supervised by Dr. Herique.
During the AO colloquium, Dr. Herique discussed the future of such space-based measurements. He focused on the expected scientific return of tomography measurements that will be made by ESA’s Hera mission to the asteroid Didymos and its small moon. Hera will provide follow-up measurements of the targets after NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission intentionally impacts the moonlet as a planetary defense technology demonstration.
“Dr. Herique was invited to discuss asteroid radar tomography, which intersects with our own studies of the near-surface properties of asteroids using Arecibo,” said Dr. Dylan Hickson, postdoctoral researcher at AO. “We made a lot of progress discussing how AO could work with future spacecraft to complete bistatic tomography experiments of asteroids.”
“We made a lot of progress discussing how AO could work with future spacecraft to complete bistatic tomography experiments of asteroids.” - Dr. Dylan Hickson, Postdoctoral Researcher at AO.Dr. Herique agreed. "It is a pleasure to collaborate with the group at Arecibo. We have plenty of joint fields of interest: small bodies’ physical properties; dielectric lab measurements and modeling to estimate composition and porosity; propagation and radar backscattering modeling; and, of course, radar techniques and processing." He added, “It's all a matter for discussion and collaboration”.
Watch the interview with Dr. Alain Herique
January 28, 2020: DIRECT OBSERVATIONS OF SMALL BODIES’ INTERIOR WITH RADAR ONBOARD PLANETARY PROBES by Dr. Alain Herique
Article written by Dr. Tracy Becker - AO Collaborator / SwRI Research Scientist
Keywords: arecibo, observatory,Herique, colloquium, dart, esa, solar, system, rosetta, mission, Grenoble, France, Churyumov, Gerasimenko