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Testing the Prediction of Iron Alteration Minerals on Low Albedo AsteroidsAbsorption features centered near 0.60 - 0.65 and 0.80 - 0.90 micron were identified in the spectra of three low-albedo main-belt (165, 368, 877) and two low-albedo outer-belt (225, 334) asteroids (Vilas et al., Icarus, v. 109,274,1994). The absorption features were attributed to charge transfer transitions in iron alteration minerals such as goethite, hematite, and jarosite, all products of aqueous alteration. Concurrently, Jarvis et al. (LPSC XXIV, 715, 1993) presented additional spectra of low-albedo asteroids that had absorption features centered near 0.60 - 0.65 micron without the longer wavelength feature. Since these two features in iron oxides originate from the same ground state, and the longer wavelength feature requires less energy to exist, the single shorter wavelength feature cannot be caused by the iron alteration minerals. In addition, spectra of minerals such as hematite and goethite show a rapid increase in reflectance beginning near 0.5 micron absent in the low-albedo asteroid spectra. The absence of this rise has been attributed to its suppresion from opaques in the surface material. Spectra on more than one night were available for only one of these five asteroids, 225 Henrietta, and showed good repeatability of the 0.65-micron feature. We have acquired additional spectra of all five asteroids in order to test the repeatability of the 0.65-micron feature, and the presence and repeatability of the features centered near 0.8 - 0.9 micron. We specifically will test the possibility that longer wavelength features could be caused by incomplete removal of telluric water. Asteroid 877 Walkure is a member of the Nysa-Hertha family, and will be compared to spectra of other members of that family. Data were acquired in 1996 and 1999 on the 2.1-m telescope with a facility cassegrain spectrograph, McDonald Observatory, Univ. Of Texas, and the 1.5-m telescope with facility cassegrain spectrograph at CTIO. This research is supported by the NASA Planetary Astronomy Program.
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Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Jarvis, K. S. (Lockheed Martin Space Operations Houston, TX United States)
Vilas, Faith (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Howell, E. (National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center Arecibo, Puerto Rico)
Kelley, M. (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX United States)
Cochran, A. (Texas Univ. TX United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1999
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Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 344-32-50-02
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.