NASA will take the rare opportunity to study for the first time the surface details and interior of the asteroid using its optical and radar telescope
Liebowitz, "Structures technology for large radio and radar telescope
systems," in Structures Technology for Large Radio and Radar Telescope
While the diameter of QE2 is 2.7 km, it cannot be viewed by naked eyes or small telescopes but rather needs radar 70-meter or larger radar telescope
, he added.
Using the Arecibo Radar Telescope
in Puerto Rico, Jean-Luc Margot of the University of California, Los Angeles was able to tell that Hermes consists of two gravitationally tied pieces, each about 300 to 450 meters across and orbiting the other.
The Firepond laser radar telescope
, shown in Figure 3, has an aperture of 1.2 m and is used as the laser radar transmitter and receiver antenna.