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Large Synoptic Survey Telescope Solar System Science Roadmap


The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) is uniquely equipped to search for Solar System bodies due to its unprecedented combination of depth and wide field coverage. Over a ten-year period starting in 2022, LSST will generate the largest catalog of Solar System objects to date. The main goal of the LSST Solar System Science Collaboration (SSSC) is to facilitate the efforts of the planetary community to study the planets and small body populations residing within our Solar System using LSST data. To prepare for future survey cadence decisions and ensure that interesting and novel Solar System science is achievable with LSST, the SSSC has identified and prioritized key Solar System research areas for investigation with LSST in this roadmap. The ranked science priorities highlighted in this living document will inform LSST survey cadence decisions and aid in identifying software tools and pipelines needed to be developed by the planetary community as added value products and resources before the planned start of LSST science operations.

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The authors thank the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Project Science Team and the LSST Corporation for their support of LSST Solar System Science Collaboration's (SSSC) efforts. This work was supported in part by a LSST Corporation Enabling Science grant. MES was supported by Gemini Observatory, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation on behalf of the Gemini partnership: the National Science Foundation (United States), the National Research Council (Canada), CONICYT (Chile), Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (Argentina), and Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (Brazil). This manuscript was prepared using the AASTex latex classfile and template package from America Astronomical Society (AAS) Journals http://journals.aas.org/authors/aastex/aasguide.html. This work has made use of NASA's Astrophysics Data System Bibliographic Services. The authors thank Amy Barr and Bryce Bolin for constructive comments on the manuscript.

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