Minor bodies of the Solar System

Lutetia closest approach

This observational work is complemented with theoretical developments of the rotational state of the minor bodies, their interiors, shape, mass and density, all this having strong implications in constrain the origin of the solar system and its evolution.

We work on ground and space based study of the minor bodies of the Solar System, Trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), asteroids and comets.

P/2010 A2 (LINEAR)

The space mission in which we are currently involve from the scientific point of view are Rosetta (ESA). The scientific exploitation of this mission points to a better knowledge of the comet nucleus and coma nature. Among the 21 instruments on board the s/c, the members of this sub-line have participated in the technical development and scientific exploitation of OSIRIS (camera system) and GIADA (dust detector).
For both of them, we are preparing all the tools to interpret and analyse the data the mission will provide. In this line, beside preparing the codes for image processing and results interpretation (with physical bases), a unique Cosmic Dust Laboratory is installed at the IAA.