We aid in a study of the solar system by means of ground-based radar. We have concentrated on (1) developing the ephemerides needed to acquire radar data at Arecibo Observatory and (2) analyzing the resultant data to: test fundamental laws of gravitation; determine the size, shape, topography, and spin vectors of the targets; and study the surface properties of these objects, through their scattering law and polarization characteristics.
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory Report
- Pub Date:
- September 1996
- Radar Data;
- Polarization Characteristics;
- Surface Properties;