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NEAR-EARTH OBJECT PROGRAM RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate ground-based observations in order to complete the survey of Near-Earth Objects (NEO), and to obtain accurate orbital elements for newly detected NEOs based on the best available data.

  • Facilitate communication both within the observing communicty and between the community and the public with respect to any potentially hazardous objects (PHOs) which are discovered as a result of the expanded observational program and respond to public inquiries.

  • Establish, update and maintain a catalog of NEOs together with an estimate of the quality of the orbital elements accessible to the scientific community and the public.

  • Develop and support a strategy and plan for the scientific exploration of NEOs including their discovery, recovery, ephemerides, characterization, in-situ investigation, and resource potential.

  • Support NASA Headquarters in coordinating with other government agencies and with foreign governments and international organizations on NEO issues.

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