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Team Setting Up Strategy For Hazardous NEOs
2012-06-05 11:35:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Scientists have gathered with other experts to create a strategy for potentially hazardous Near earth Objects (NEOs). Nearly 40 scientists, reporters, risk communications specialists, and Secure World Foundation staff participated in a meeting in November last year to come up with a strategy for dealing with hazardous NEOs. The report created by the team will be presented at the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and its...

ESA Teaming Up With Amateur Astronomers To Spot Near Earth Objects
2012-05-14 11:01:47

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The European Space Agency (ESA) is reaching out to amateur astronomers, asking for their help in discovering potentially dangerous space rocks. ESA's Space Situational Awareness (SSA) program helps keep up with space hazards, with everything from space weather to debris objects in Earth orbit. The program also keeps up with "Near Earth objects," or NEOs, which are asteroids that pass close enough to our planet to cause concern. NEOs are hard to survey...

NASA Asking For Help With 'Target Asteroids!' Project
2012-04-20 03:49:20

NASA announced a new project on Wednesday that will enlist help from amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects (NEOs). The project, known as "Target Asteroids!", will support NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission. OSIRIS-REx aims to improve basic scientific understanding of NEOs and is scheduled to launch in 2016. NASA is asking amateur astronomers to help better characterize the population of NEOs,...

2012-04-18 14:20:05

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new NASA outreach project will enlist the help of amateur astronomers to discover near-Earth objects (NEOs) and study their characteristics. NEOs are asteroids with orbits that occasionally bring them close to the Earth. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Starting today, a new citizen science project called "Target Asteroids!" will support NASA's Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification...

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2011-02-01 14:25:00

NASA said on Tuesday that its near-Earth objects Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWOSE) mission has completed its survey of small bodies, asteroids and comets in our solar system. The mission's previous discoveries include 20 comets, over 33,000 asteroids in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter, and 134 near-Earth objects (NEOs). NEOs are asteroids and comets with orbits that come within 28 million miles of Earth's path around the sun. NASA said that NEOWISE is an enhancement of...

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2011-01-29 12:19:48

So you think global warming is a big problem? What could happen if a 25-million-ton chunk of rock slammed into Earth? When something similar happened 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs and other forms of life were wiped out."A collision with an object of this size traveling at an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 mile per hour would be catastrophic," according to NASA researcher and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Associate Professor of Physics Gregory L. Matloff. His...

2010-08-02 14:02:36

NASA will host an interactive workshop to identify objectives for exploration missions to near-Earth objects, or NEOs, on Aug. 10-11 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington. The event will bring together experts and key leaders from NASA, other government agencies, industry, academia, and international communities. They will discuss past experiences and focus on objectives, capabilities, and concepts of operations for human and robotic exploration of NEOs. The primary goals for the...

2010-02-18 12:20:00

ARGONNE, Ill. -- NEOS, the Network-Enabled Optimization System developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory in conjunction with Northwestern University, has reached a new milestone: two million submissions to its optimization software. NEOS has been used extensively for a variety of applications, including modeling electricity markets, predicting global protein folding and training artificial neural networks. Optimization technology is...

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2010-01-22 13:40:00

A new report from the National Research Council lays out options NASA could follow to detect more near-Earth objects (NEOs) "“ asteroids and comets that could pose a hazard if they cross Earth's orbit. The report says the $4 million the U.S. spends annually to search for NEOs is insufficient to meet a congressionally mandated requirement to detect NEOs that could threaten Earth. Congress mandated in 2005 that NASA discover 90 percent of NEOs whose diameter is 140 meters or greater by...

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2009-01-12 13:25:00

Italian astronomer Andrea Boattini discovered six comets in 2008 while tracking cosmic debris throughout the solar system at Mount Lemmon Observatory in Arizona. And though it isn't a world record, the discovery of six comets in one year is the most found by an Italian astronomer since the mid-19th Century. The Catalina Sky Survey is part of a NASA project to find and track near-Earth objects (NEOs) using two telescopes in Arizona and one in Australia. In 1998, NASA started compiling an...