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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, Pluto, Small satellites, Vesta
Disciplines/Techniques: Ground-based observing, Photometry, Space-based observing
Missions: IRAS, ISO (ESA), IUE, NEOSSat (Canada), Spitzer

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 Near-Earth asteroids, especially those with orbits mostly, or entirely, interior to the Earth’s. 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, 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. Recently he led an effort simulating the appearance on the sky of asteroids at various wavelengths. He has considerable experience in preparing data for, and submitting it to, the Planetary Data System’s Small Bodies Node for archive, having contributed six datasetsand portions of a seventh.

Currently Dr. Tedesco is actively involved in collaborations with colleagues in Canada, Finland, France, Italy, Spain, the Ukraine, and the US on many asteroid research programs. He is PI of the US Science Team on the Canadian NEOSSat micro-satellite mission’s NESS project led by Alan Hildebrand (University of Calgary).

Honors and Awards

Minor Planet 2882 Tedesco

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