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Report: Deflecting a Hazardous Near-Earth Object
This short report on Near-Earth Object (NEO) hazard mitigation strategies
was developed in response to a request for information by the U.S. National
Research Council's Space Sciences Board on December 17, 2008 and for the
Planetary Defense Conference that took place 27-30 April 2009 in Granada
Spain. Although we present example simulations for specific techniques that
could be employed to deflect an Earth threatening NEO, our primary goal is
to discuss some of the general principles and techniques that would be
germane to all NEO deflection scenarios. This report summarizes work that
was carried out in early 2009 and extends an earlier, more detailed study
carried out in late 2008.
The complete report is available here (Word Document - 316K)