Spitzer observations of the asteroid-comet transition object and potential spacecraft target 107P (4015) Wilson-Harrington

@article{Licandro2009SpitzerOO,
title={Spitzer observations of the asteroid-comet transition object and potential spacecraft target 107P (4015) Wilson-Harrington},
author={Javier Licandro and Humberto Campins and Michael S. P. Kelley and Y. Fernandez and Marco Delbo and William T. Reach and O. Groussin and Philippe Lamy and Imre P{\'e}ter T{\'o}th and Michael F. A’Hearn and James M. Bauer and S C Lowry and Alan Fitzsimmons and Carey M. Lisse and Karen J. Meech and Jana Pittichov{\'a} and Colin Snodgrass and H. Weaver},
journal={Astronomy and Astrophysics},
year={2009},
volume={507},
pages={1667-1670}
}
Context. Near-Earth asteroid-comet transition object 107P/ (4015) Wilson-Harrington is a possible target of the joint European Space Agency (ESA) and Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Marco Polo sample return mission. Physical studies of this object are relevant to this mission, and also to understanding its asteroidal or cometary nature. Aims. Our aim is to obtain significant new constraints on the surface thermal properties of this object. Methods. We present mid-infrared… Expand

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