First Announcement of Didymos Observer Workshop 2018

2018 June 19-21
Prague, Czech Republic

The binary near-Earth asteroid (65803) Didymos is the planned target for the Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA, https://www-n.oca.eu/michel/AIDA/) mission. AIDA will be the first
space experiment to demonstrate asteroid impact hazard mitigation by using a kinetic impactor to deflect an asteroid. It is an international cooperation, consisting of two mission elements: the NASA Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART, http://dart.jhuapl.edu/) mission and the ESA Hera (previously known as AIM) rendezvous mission.

Remote (mostly Earth-based) observations of Didymos are an important part of the mission. In this workshop, we will discuss observations for the 2019, 2020-2021, and 2022 apparitions of Didymos. We will discuss detailed plans and expected outcomes for 2019 observations and
preliminary observing plans for the subsequent apparitions.

Additional meeting information is available at: http://didymos2018-mtg.asu.cas.cz

The full first announcement is available at:

http://didymos2018-mtg.asu.cas.cz/didymosprague2018_firstannouncement.txt

Dr. Petr Pravec (LOC chair)
petr.pravec@asu.cas.cz
Dr. Cristina A. Thomas (SOC chair)
cristina.thomas@nau.edu