The NEO (175706) 1996 FG3 in the 2-4 mu m spectral region: Evidence for an aqueously altered surface
Abbreviated Journal Title
Asteroids; Asteroids, Composition; Asteroids, Surfaces; Spectroscopy; SMALL BINARY ASTEROIDS; NEAR-EARTH ASTEROIDS; C-CLASS ASTEROIDS; PHYSICAL-CHARACTERIZATION; INFRARED-SPECTROSCOPY; ORIGIN; TARGETS; WATER; LIGHTCURVES; CALIBRATION; Astronomy & Astrophysics
We present observations of the binary near-Earth Asteroid (175706) 1996 FG3 in the 2-4 mu m spectral region, obtained on multiple nights using the SpeX instrument on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). We find evidence for an absorption band of similar to 5-10% (depending on the night and details of continuum choice), diagnostic for hydrated/hydroxylated minerals on the asteroid surface. This demonstrates that the optical surface of 1996 FG3 has not been heated to dehydrating temperatures. Sample-return missions targeting 1996 FG3 will likely find relatively fresh areas for sampling. (C) 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"The NEO (175706) 1996 FG3 in the 2-4 mu m spectral region: Evidence for an aqueously altered surface" (2013). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 4607.