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Context. The accuracy of predicted orbital positions depends on the quality of the theorical model and of the observations used to fit the model. During the period of observations, this accuracy can be estimated through comparison with observations. Outside this period, the estimation remains difficult. Many methods have been developed for asteroid(More)
This article intends to review the different studies of the Mars satellites Phobos and Deimos realized by means of ground-based telescopic observations as well in the astrometry and dynamics domain as in the physical one. This study spans the first period of investigations of the Martian satellites since their discovery in 1877 through the astrometry and(More)
We present a new theory of the four Galilean satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. This theory aims to deliver highly accurate ephemerides able to represent the Galilean satellites' motion over several centuries. It is based on the numerical integration of elaborated equations of motion. This first paper describes and tests many usually neglected(More)
Like our Moon, the majority of the solar system's satellites are locked in a 1:1 spin-orbit resonance; on average, these satellites show the same face toward the planet at a constant rotation rate equal to the satellite's orbital rate. In addition to the uniform rotational motion, physical librations (oscillations about an equilibrium) also occur. The(More)
Article is made available in accordance with the publisher's policy and may be subject to US copyright law. Please refer to the publisher's site for terms of use. The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. ABSTRACT Pluto is the multiple system that has been observed the longest.(More)
We discuss the general characteristics of the orbits of the Martian satellites, Phobos and Deimos. We provide a concise review of the various descriptions of the orbits by both analytical theories and direct numerical integrations of their equations of motion. After summarizing the observational data used to determine the orbits, we discuss the results of(More)
  • Citation Beauvalet, V Lainey, J.-E Arlot, D Bancelin, R P Binzel, L Beauvalet +1 other
  • 2012
The MIT Faculty has made this article openly available. Please share how this access benefits you. Your story matters. Abstract GAIA will provide observations of some multiple asteroid and dwarf systems. These observations are a way to determine and improve the quantification of dynamical parameters , such as the masses and the gravity fields, in these(More)
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