The Near Earth Asteroid Prospector program, (NEAP) is a commercial space
exploration project of the SpaceDev
corporation. The goal of the program will be to land on an
asteroid. Instrumentation and mission goals include: a multi-band
camera for navigation and asteroid imaging, a neutron spectrometer to
search for water vapor, and an x-ray proton spectrometer to map the
elemental abundance of the surface.
IRTF Mission Support
- Thermal / optical imaging to get the size, albedo and rotation of the
nucleus which will be required for mission planning for imaging and to get
estimates of gravity field.
- Thermal measurements as a function of wavelength to model the thermal
inertia and temperature for aid in interpreting hte near IR spectra
- Thermal 10 micron spectra for minerology
Click here to return to the NASA / IRTF
Mission support homepage.
Last modified: Mar 28, 1998