Debate on expanding survey of near Earth objects
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 83, Issue 45, page 510, 5 November 2002
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2002), Debate on expanding survey of near Earth objects, Eos Trans. AGU, 83(45), 510–510, doi:10.1029/2002EO000353.(
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NASA officials told a U.S. House of Representatives Science Subcommittee on 3 October that a ground-based survey to detect near-Earth objects (NEOs) is on target for achieving its goals. The NEOs that are the subject of the survey are those 1 km across or larger, and could therefore cause devastating damage if they collided with Earth.
Representatives of NASA, the National Research Council, and other agencies also told the subcommittee that astronomers and policy-makers need to consider whether to expand the survey to scan for even smaller NEOs that also could inflict widespread damage to Earth on collision.