Space Studies Thesis Defense--Higley
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â€œMaximizing Single Opposition Observation of Asteroids'
(Grand Forks, North Dakota): Steve Higley, a distance education thesis student, has been approved to give his presentation on Wednesday, April 4 from 2:30-4:30 pm in Ryan Hall (Room 207). All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.
Abstract: Most minor planet observation programs concentrate on either collecting single parameter data on a great number of objects, such as a visible spectroscopic survey, or observing a single object intensely for a short period of time, as in determining a rotation period or obtaining a high resolution VNIR spectrum. A single asteroid is seldom observed for an entire opposition. A program to answer the question: â€œWhat is the maximum amount of information which can be gleaned from a single, well-observed opposition of an asteroid?' has been performed. Photometry of three asteroids was done on objects selected to include well-observed and previously unobserved minor planets.
About Space Studies: The Department of Space Studies offers a program leading to a Master of Science degree. This interdisciplinary program studies the conditions and implications of humankind\ï¿½s entry into space: including the political, legal, technical, scientific, economic, and historical impacts on a national and international level. Designed to prepare the student for positions in the commercial and governmental sectors of the rapidly growing field of space exploration and development, the Space Studies M.S. is offered on campus and over the Internet. The Department of Space Studies is consistently innovative in the delivery of education services, and is now planning for the creation of a Ph.D. program offered on campus and at a distance. Students with a variety of professional backgrounds from all over the world participate in our program.
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