Thesis Defense by Martin Hynes on April 10th
Martin Hynes, Space Studies Master’s student, will defend his thesis as follows. Please mark your calendars and show your support by attending.
When: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. (Central)
Where: Ryan Hall, Room 111
Title: Remote Sensing of Asteroid Surface Mineralogy
A major research question in asteroid science centers around how fragments from main belt asteroids are transported into Earth crossing orbits. Advances in infrared astronomy have made it possible to test the validity of proposed solar system dynamical models. Specifically, infrared reflectance spectroscopy may be used to search the main asteroid belt for mineralogical analogues of Near Earth asteroids. Two asteroids, 3628 Božn?mcová and 2002JB9 were studied using NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility. 3628 Božn?mcová is of particular interest because it orbits near the 3:1 Kirkwood Gap which is believed to be an escape hatch for Near Earth Asteroids. 2002JB9 has been identified as a potentially hazardous Near Earth Asteroid.The results indicate that 3628 Božn?mcová may be a possible parent body for the ancient angrite meteorites which are primitive remnants of the original solar nebula material from which the terrestrial planets formed.
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