Ephemeris data and error analysis in support of a Comet Encke intercept mission
- Yeomans, D. K.
- Jun 1, 1974.
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- 1 electronic document
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- Utilizing an orbit determination based upon 65 observations over the 1961 - 1973 interval, ephemeris data were generated for the 1976-77, 1980-81 and 1983-84 apparitions of short period comet Encke. For the 1980-81 apparition, results from a statistical error analysis are outlined. All ephemeris and error analysis computations include the effects of planetary perturbations as well as the nongravitational accelerations introduced by the outgassing cometary nucleus. In 1980, excellent observing conditions and a close approach of comet Encke to the earth permit relatively small uncertainties in the cometary position errors and provide an excellent opportunity for a close flyby of a physically interesting comet.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19740024149., Accession ID: 74N32262., NASA-TM-X-70718., and X-581-74-185.
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