TERRAPUB Earth, Planets and Space

Earth Planets Space, Vol. 53 (No. 11), pp. 1047-1063, 2001

Multi-band imaging camera and its sciences for the Japanese near-earth asteroid mission MUSES-C

Tsuko Nakamura1, Akiko M. Nakamura2, Jun Saito3, Sho Sasaki4, Ryosuke Nakamura5, Hirohide Demura6, Hiroaki Akiyama3,4, David Tholen7, and AMICA team

1National Astronomical Observatory, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8588, Japan
2Kobe University, Rokkoudai, Nada, Kobe 657-8501, Japan
3Nishimatsu Construction Co., Shimo-tsuruma, Yamato, Kanagawa 242-8520, Japan
4Department of Geophysics, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyo, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan
5Earth Observation Research Center, NASDA, Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
6Lunar Mission Laboratory, NASDA, Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8505, Japan
7Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, U.S.A.

(Received December 7, 2000; Revised April 23, 2001; Accepted April 23, 2001)

Abstract: In this paper we present current development status of our Asteroid Multi-band Imaging CAmera (AMICA) for the Japan-US joint asteroid sample return mission MUSES-C. The launch of the spacecraft is planned around the end of 2002 and the whole mission period till sample retrieval on Earth will be approximately five years. The nominal target is the asteroid 1998SF36, one of the Amor-type asteroids. The AMICA specifications for the mission are shown here along with its ground-based and inflight calibration methods. We also describe the observational scenario at the asteroid, in relation to scientific goals.

Corresponding author E-mail: tsuko@cc.nao.ac.jp

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