Small Solar System bodies at ESTEC
'Small bodies' in the Solar System are asteroids, comets, and meteoroids. A large number of research topics related to these objects are covered at ESTEC. We are always interested in collaborations - Our research team work with senior scientists and postdoctoral researchers, as well as Bachelor's, Master's and Ph.D. students. If you are interested to work with us at ESA, please contact the individuals listed in the following table or apply through existing programs.
We work on the following topics:
- Asteroid science and observational aspects (in collaboration with the SSA-NEO Segment of OPS-L);
- Cometary science - see The small solar system bodies (Asteroids, Comets) and Rosetta group of ESAC, Spain (ESTEC contacts Matt Taylor and Detlef Koschny);
- Meteor science: Orbit computations, flux densities, spectroscopic observations, fireballs (see the web pages of ESA's Meteor Research Group);
- Impacts in the laboratory and on planetary surfaces (check out the names on the 'planetary science' page).
|Name||Keywords||Individual web page|
|Chrysa Avdellidou||Lunar impact flashes; hypervelocity impacts in the laboratory; asteroid families||x|
|Detlef Koschny||Meteoroid orbit determination; flux densities; ablation models; hypervelocity impacts; observations of near-Earth objects||x|
|Regina Rudawaska||Meteor spectroscopy; meteoroid orbit determination; linking meteoroids to their parent bodies||x|
|Matthew Taylor||Rosetta comet mission||x|
|Andrea Toni||All-sky fireball cameras||-|
|Olivier Witasse||Interaction of meteoroids with the upper atmosphere; Martian moons science||x|
|Joe Zender||Meteor spectroscopy; finding meteorites||x|
This web page is managed by Detlef Koschny at ESTEC.
To contact any person by email, please use the first.last at esa.int.