The British National Space Centre (BNSC) is moving ahead with implementing a series of recommendations it has received about how the United Kingdom can best contribute to international efforts concerning “near-Earth objects,” or NEOs. These are objects in the solar system that are believed to be fragments from planet formation.

On August 20, BNSC announced that it is inviting proposals from organizations concerning the establishment of a Near Earth Object Information Center. The U.K.Task Force on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects, which was announced by Science Minister Lord David Sainsbury of Turville, had included the creation of this facility among its August 2000 recommendations.