Accession Number : ADA332376

Title :   Kuiper Belt Objects Along the Pluto-Express Path

Descriptive Note : Interim rept. 1 Feb 97-31 Jan 98

Corporate Author : HAWAII UNIV HONOLULU INST FOR ASTRONOMY

Personal Author(s) : Jewitt, David C.

PDF Url : ADA332376

Report Date : 25 NOV 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 5

Abstract : The science objective of this work is to identify objects in the Kuiper Belt which will, in the 5 years following Pluto encounter, be close to the flight path of NASA's Pluto Express. Our hope is that we will find a Kuiper Belt object or objects close enough that a spacecraft flyby will be possible. If we find a suitable object, the science yield of Pluto Express will be substantially enhanced. The density of objects in the Kuiper Belt is such that we are reasonably likely to find an object close enough to the flight path that on-board gas thrusters can effect a close encounter.

Descriptors :   *SPACE OBJECTS, *RADIATION BELTS, *PLUTO(PLANET), FLIGHT PATHS, SPACECRAFT TRAJECTORIES, CHARGE COUPLED DEVICES, SPACE EXPLORATION.

Subject Categories : Astronautics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE