First albedo determination of 2867 Steins, target of the Rosetta mission

@article{Fornasier2006FirstAD,
  title={First albedo determination of 2867 Steins, target of the Rosetta mission},
  author={Sonia Fornasier and Irina Belskaya and Marcello Fulchignoni and Maria Antonietta Barucci and Cesare Barbieri},
  journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
  year={2006},
  volume={449},
  pages={9-12}
}
Aims. We present the first albedo determination of 2867 Steins, the asteroid target of the Rosetta space mission together with 21 Lutetia. Methods. The data were obtained in polarimetric mode at the ESO-VLT telescope with the FORS1 instrument in the V and R  filters. Observations were carried out from June to August 2005 covering the phase angle range from 10.3° to 28.3°, allowing the determination of the asteroid albedo by the well known experimental relationship between the albedo and the… 

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