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    Publication Date: 2019-07-11
    Description: Spectral measurements from 8 to 25 microns of Mercury's surface were taken using MIRSI (Mid-InfraRed Spectrometer and Imager) mounted on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii [1]. Few spectral observations of Mercury have been made between 8 and 14 m and these are the first to be made between 17 and 25 m. The goal for these observations is to measure the emission from Mercury in the Restrahllen Bands in the 8 to 25 micron region in an effort to identify spectral features that may give clues to Mercury s composition. These observations will be compared to previous observations [2] [3] [4], and future observations made with instrumentation on Messenger at other spectral regions [5]. Spectra from the Moon were also obtained with the same instrumentation and telescope during the same observing periods.
    Keywords: Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
    Type: Lunar and Planetary Science XXXVI, Part 4; LPI-Contrib-1234-Pt-4
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    Publication Date: 2019-08-14
    Description: Establishing the abundance and physical properties of regolith and boulders on asteroids is crucial for understanding the formation and degradation mechanisms at work on their surfaces. Using images and thermal data from NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft, we show that asteroid (101955) Bennu's surface is globally rough, dense with boulders, and low in albedo. The number of boulders is surprising given Bennu's moderate thermal inertia, suggesting that simple models linking thermal inertia to particle size do not adequately capture the complexity relating these properties. At the same time, we find evidence for a wide range of particle sizes with distinct albedo characteristics. Our findings imply that ages of Bennu's surface particles span from the disruption of the asteroid's parent body (boulders) to recent in situ production (micrometre-scale particles).
    Keywords: Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
    Type: GSFC-E-DAA-TN67770 , Nature Astronomy (e-ISSN 2397-3366); 3; 341–351
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