Master: A discovery-class mission for the detailed study of large mainbelt asteroids

J. Veverka, G. L. Adams, R. P. Binzel, R. H. Brown, L. Evans, M. J. Gaffey, T. Gavin, K. Klaasen, S. L. Miller, S. Squyers, P. C. Thomas, J. Trombka, D. K. Yeomans

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Abstract

MASTER (Mainbelt Asteroid Exploration/Rendezvous) focuses on the comprehensive global study of important large mainbelt asteroids. A three-instrument, four-investigation payload can be placed into orbit around 4 Vesta within the cost/complexity envelope of the Discovery program using a Delta-ll launch vehicle. The detailed global study of such an object will provide essential-new data on the present state and past evolution of asteroids, including information not obtainable by fast flybys or by rendezvous with mere asteroidal shards such as the tiny Earth-approaching asteroids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-210
Number of pages10
JournalActa Astronautica
Volume35
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering

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