Phobos disk-integrated photometry: 1994-1997 HST observations

Citation
Ba. Cantor et al., Phobos disk-integrated photometry: 1994-1997 HST observations, ICARUS, 142(2), 1999, pp. 414-420
Citations number
35
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Space Sciences
Journal title
ICARUS
ISSN journal
0019-1035 → ACNP
Volume
142
Issue
2
Year of publication
1999
Pages
414 - 420
Database
ISI
SICI code
0019-1035(199912)142:2<414:PDP1HO>2.0.ZU;2-X
Abstract
A program of synoptic monitoring of Mars was carried out with the Hubble Sp ace Telescope from August 8, 1994, through October 9, 1997, using the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). With the improved optics of the WFPC2 and the high angular resolution of the Planetary Camera (0.0442-0.0455 arcsec/ pixel) we have been able to use these images to study the properties of the martian satellite Phobos, Phobos has been observed with the Planetary Came ra from the ultraviolet (255 nn) to the near-infrared (1042 nm) in the phas e range from 10.6 degrees to 40.5 degrees. Phase curves obtained with HST a re consistent with results from a model (Simonelli et al. 1998, Icarus 131, 52-77) using a global-average Hapke function and a normal albedo of 0.0689 . The beginning of an opposition surge along with variations in surface ref lectance across Phobos were observed by HST. Disk-integrated photometry enc ompassing the sub-Mars point suggests the detection of Marsshine at wavelen gths longward of 502 nm. possible weak spectral absorption features seen at 953 and 1042 nm hint at the existence of pyroxene on the surface. However, spectral comparison to different meteorite types resulted in finding no co nclusive analogs to the surface reflectance spectrum of Phobos. (C) 1999 Ac ademic Press.