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NASA’s Asteroid Detection Programs Not Yet Meeting U.S. Goals


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Comet Shwassmann-Wachmann 3 December 14, 1995. Photo courtesy NASA by Tim Puckett from Villa Rica, Ga. USA

August 12, 2009 -- According to a new interim report from the National Research Council, NASA’s current near-Earth object surveys will not meet the congressionally mandated goal of discovering 90 percent of all objects over 140 meters in diameter by 2020. Funding for near-Earth object activities at NASA has been constrained, with most costs being met by funds from other programs. A final report will include findings and recommendations on detecting, characterizing, and mitigating the hazard of near-Earth objects.


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