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Dr. Ed Tedesco

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Senior Scientist

Currently resides in NM
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Areas of Expertise
Targets: Asteroids, Ceres, Dwarf planets, Pluto, Small satellites, Vesta
Disciplines/Techniques: Astrometry, Ground-based observing, Photometry, Radiometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing
Missions: IRAS, ISO (ESA), IUE, MSX, NEOSSat (Canada), Spitzer
Mission Roles: Calibration/Test planning, Data archive, Data validation, Deputy Mission PI, Mission Co-Investigator, Mission science team, Requirements generation and flow down, Science operations
Instruments: Cameras
Facilities: Cerro Tololo, IRTF, Kitt Peak, Palomar

Research Interests

Dr. Ed Tedesco is a leader in asteroid studies, spanning such research areas as asteroid physical properties to their collisional evolution. His studies have included Main Belt, Trojan, and Near-Earth asteroids. His research interests focus on the origin and evolution of the asteroid belt and in the physical properties of both asteroid dynamical families and individual asteroids.

Professional History

Dr. Tedesco has been making and interpreting physical observations of asteroids since 1975 and was involved in the data reduction and publication of the IRAS Minor Planet Survey. He was also the first to model the efficiency of discovering NEOs using a space-based infrared sensor and has made astrometric, lightcurve, multi-color photometry (UV to mid-IR), phase curve, polarimetric, and radiometric observations using 0.4 to 8.2 meter ground-based telescopes and the IUE, IRAS, MSX, ISO, and Spitzer spacecraft. He led an effort simulating the appearance on the sky of asteroids at various wavelengths. He is experienced in preparing data for, and submitting it to, the Planetary Data System’s Small Bodies Node for archive, having contributed six datasets and portions of a seventh with an eighth currently scheduled to be delivered in 2024.

Dr. Tedesco has collaborated with colleagues in Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, the Ukraine, and the US on many asteroid research programs.

Honors and Awards

Minor Planet 2882 Tedesco

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