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Paul A. Abell

2007 Research Report

As the first PSI contractor at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Abell focuses on research investigating near-Earth object compositions and their physical characteristics. He has been successful in obtaining telescope time at the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, with an average of 4 to 6 nights each year. Much of his recent focus has been researching near-Earth binary objects and comet-asteroid transition objects. His collaboration with scientists at PSI and NASA has provided great insight into the possible internal structures of these objects, their possible parent bodies, and their meteorite analogues. In addition, Abell's observational techniques have been used for characterizing Human made orbital debris, and he is involved with obtaining spectra on orbital debris for NASA's Orbital Debris Office.

Abell continues to support the Hayabusa spacecraft mission to NEA (and PHA) (25143) Itokawa. The spacecraft is operated by JAXA/ISAS, and is scheduled to return to Earth in June 2010. Abell was one of the investigators on the near-infrared spectrometer (NIRS) instrument, which obtained over 100,000 spectra of asteroid Itokawa. He has been helping with the transfer the final calibrated spacecraft data from the Japanese into the NASA Planetary Data System. Abell will be working with Japanese colleagues on this important data set and will be helping with these tasks in the near-future.

Abell is also involved in a research project that is examining the feasibility of sending robotic and/or crewed missions to near-Earth objects in the near future with intent of obtaining large amounts of sample and returning it to Earth for detailed scientific study. These types of missions would be useful not only for scientific discovery, but also may have practical applications for planetary defence and resource utilization. There is much interest in this work and Abell has been asked to brief the Constellation Program Office at NASA Johnson Space Center, NASA Headquarters (Science Mission Directorate), the National Research Council's Committee on Planetary and Lunar Exploration (COMPLEX), the NASA Advisory Council (NAC), and the Japanese Aerospace Agency (JAXA).

Papers:

Abell, P. A., F. Vilas, M. J. Gaffey, K. S. Jarvis, and M. S. Kelley (2007) Mineralogical Composition of (25143) Itokawa 1998 SF36 from Visible and Near-Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy: Evidence for Partial Melting. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 42, (page TBD). (Note 2007 December issue is very late).

Scheeres, D. J., M. Abe, M. Yoshikawa, R. Nakamura, R. W. Gaskell, and P. A. Abell (2007) The Effect of YORP on Itokawa. Icarus, 188, 425-429.

Landis, R. R., D. J. Korsmeyer, P. A. Abell, and D. R. Adamo (2007) A Piloted Flight Mission to a Near-Earth Object: A Feasibility Study. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Space 2007 Conference Proceedings, Long Beach, CA.

Abstracts:

Abell, P. A., D. J. Korsmeyer, R. R. Landis, E. T. Lu, D. R. Adamo, T. D. Jones, L. Lemke, A. Gonzales, R. Gershman, D. Morrison, T. Sweetser, and L. Johnson (2007). Scientific Exploration of Near-Earth Objects via the Crew Exploration Vehicle. LPSC 38, Abs. 2292.

Abell, P. A., D. J. Korsmeyer, R. R. Landis, T. D. Jones, D. Morrison, D. R. Adamo, L. Lemke, A. Gonzales, R. Gershman, T. Sweetser, L. Johnson, and E. T. Lu (2007). Piloted Missions to Near-Earth Objects via the Crew Exploration Vehicle. DPS 39, Abs. 08.04.

Abell, P. A., D. J. Korsmeyer, R. R. Landis, E. T. Lu, D. R. Adamo, T. D. Jones, L. Lemke, A. Gonzales, R. Gershman, D. Morrison, T. Sweetser, and L. Johnson (2007). Scientific Exploration of Near-Earth Objects via Robotic Precursors and the Crew Exploration Vehicle. Workshop on Low-Cost Missions to Explore Near-Earth Objects, Moffett Field, CA.

Abell, P. A., D. J. Korsmeyer, R. R. Landis, E. T. Lu, D. R. Adamo, T. D. Jones, L. Lemke, A. Gonzales, R. Gershman, D. Morrison, T. Sweetser, and L. Johnson (2007). Scientific Exploration of Near-Earth Objects via the Crew Exploration Vehicle. NASA Advisory Council Workshop on Science Associated with the Lunar Exploration Architecture, Tempe, AZ.

Abe M., F. Vilas, K. Kitazato, P. A. Abell, Y. Takagi, S. Abe, T. Hiroi, and B. E. Clark (2007) In-Flight Calibration of the Hayabusa Near Infrared Spectrometer (NIRS). LPSC 38, Abs. 2051.

Fieber-Beyer, S. K., M. J. Gaffey, P. A. Abell, and V. Reddy (2007) Mineralogiocal Characterization of Near- Earth Amor Asteroid 1036 Ganymed. LPSC 38, Abs. 1695.

Landis, R. R., D. Korsmeyer, P. A. Abell, D. R. Adamo, T. D. Jones, E. T. Lu, L. Lemke, A. Gonzales, R. Gershman, D. Morrison, T. Sweetser, and L. Johnson (2007). Prelude to Human Exploration of Phobos and Deimos: The NEO Factor. First International Conference on the Exploration of Phobos and Deimos. Moffett Field, CA. #1377, p.24.

Reddy, V., M. J. Gaffey, P. A. Abell, and P. S. Hardersen (2007) Mineralogical Investigation and Thermal Modeling of Near-Earth Asteroids (11405) 1999 CV3, 2000 BD19, 2003 SA224, and 2005 YY93. LPSC 38, Abs. 1238.

Scheeres, D. J., M. Abe, M. Yoshikawa, R. Nakamura, R. W. Gaskell, and P. A. Abell (2007) Itokawa, YORP, and Seismic Shaking. LPSC 38, Abs. 1599.

Weissman, P. R., M. D. Hicks, P. A. Abell, Y. J. Choi, and S. C. Lowry (2007) Rosetta Flyby Target 2867 Steins: A Very Unusual E-type Asteroid. DPS 39, Abs. 33.09.

Research Year: 
2007
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