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The Scientific Impact of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) for Solar System Science

Jones, R. Lynne and Bannister, Michelle T. and Bolin, Bryce T. and Chandler, Colin Orion and Chesley, Steven R. and Eggl, Siegfried and Greenstreet, Sarah and Holt, Timothy R. and Hsieh, Henry H. and Ivezić, Željko and Jurić, Mario and Kelley, Michael S. P. and Knight, Matthew M. and Malhotra, Renu and Oldroyd, William J. and Sarid, Gal and Schwamb, Megan E. and Snodgrass, Colin and Solontoi, Michael and Trilling, David E. (2020) The Scientific Impact of the Vera C. Rubin Observatory's Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) for Solar System Science. 2020 Planetary Astronomy Decadal Survey, . (Unpublished)

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Vera C. Rubin Observatory will be a key facility for small body science in planetary astronomy over the next decade. It will carry out the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST), observing the sky repeatedly in u, g, r, i, z, and y over the course of ten years using a 6.5 m effective diameter telescope with a 9.6 square degree field of view, reaching approximately r = 24.5 mag (5-σ depth) per visit. The resulting dataset will provide extraordinary opportunities for both discovery and characterization of large numbers (10--100 times more than currently known) of small solar system bodies, furthering studies of planetary formation and evolution. This white paper summarizes some of the expected science from the ten years of LSST, and emphasizes that the planetary astronomy community should remain invested in the path of Rubin Observatory once the LSST is complete.

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Bolin, Bryce T.0000-0002-4950-6323
Chandler, Colin Orion0000-0001-7335-1715
Chesley, Steven R.0000-0003-3240-6497
Eggl, Siegfried0000-0002-1398-6302
Greenstreet, Sarah0000-0002-4439-1539
Holt, Timothy R.0000-0003-0437-3296
Hsieh, Henry H.0000-0001-7225-9271
Ivezić, Željko0000-0001-5250-2633
Jurić, Mario0000-0003-1996-9252
Kelley, Michael S. P.0000-0002-6702-7676
Knight, Matthew M.0000-0003-2781-6897
Malhotra, Renu0000-0002-1226-3305
Oldroyd, William J.0000-0001-5750-4953
Sarid, Gal0000-0001-5678-5044
Schwamb, Megan E.0000-0003-4365-1455
Snodgrass, Colin0000-0001-9328-2905
Trilling, David E.0000-0003-4580-3790
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Series Name:2020 Planetary Astronomy Decadal Survey
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Deposited By: George Porter
Deposited On:02 Feb 2021 18:42
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