Two radars for AIM mission: A direct observation of the asteroid's structure from deep interior to regolith.

Alain Herique 1 Valérie Ciarletti 2
2 ESTER - LATMOS
LATMOS - Laboratoire Atmosphères, Milieux, Observations Spatiales
Abstract : Our knowledge of the internal structure of asteroids is, so far, indirect – relying entirely on inferences from remote sensing observations of the surface, and theoretical modeling. What are the bulk properties of the regolith and deep interior? And what are the physical processes that shape their internal structures? Direct measurements are needed to provide answers that will directly improve our ability to understand and model the mechanisms driving Near Earth Asteroids (NEA) for the benefit of science as well as for planetary defense or exploration. Radar tomography is the only technique to characterize internal structure from decimetric scale to global scale. This paper reviews the benefits of direct measurement of the asteroid interior. Then the radar concepts for both deep interior and shallow subsurface are presented and the radar payload proposed for the AIDA/AIM mission is outlined.
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Alain Herique, Valérie Ciarletti. Two radars for AIM mission: A direct observation of the asteroid's structure from deep interior to regolith.. European Planetary Science Congress 2015, Sep 2015, Nantes, France. pp.EPSC2015-505. ⟨insu-01211294⟩

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