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23 December 2005

NEO Astronomy Award and Smaller NEO Detection as part of NASA Authorization Act of 2005

Charles `Pete' Conrad Astronomy Awards Program and George E Brown Jr. NEO Survey Act were passed by United States legislature as part of NASA Authorization Act of 2005 (S.1281 Conference report).

"...The Administrator shall make one annual award [for $3,000 each] , unless there are no eligible discoveries or contributions, for each of the following categories:

(A) The amateur astronomer or group of amateur astronomers who in the preceding calendar year discovered the intrinsically brightest near-Earth asteroid among the near-Earth asteroids that were discovered during that year by amateur astronomers or groups of amateur astronomers.

(B) The amateur astronomer or group of amateur astronomers who made the greatest contribution to the Minor Planet Center's mission of cataloguing near-Earth asteroids during the preceding year."

"The Administrator shall plan, develop, and implement a Near-Earth Object Survey program to detect, track, catalogue, and characterize the physical characteristics of near-Earth objects equal to or greater than 100 meters in diameter in order to assess the threat of such near-Earth objects to the Earth. It shall be the goal of the Survey program to achieve 90 percent completion of its near-Earth object catalogue (based on statistically predicted populations of near-Earth objects) within 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act."

The following are from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2005 (Engrossed Amendment as Agreed to by House and Senate)

Senate Bill: S1281 Subtitle C Section 321 (George E Brown Jr. NEO Survey Act)
Senate Bill: S1281 Subtitle B Section 613 (Charles `Pete' Conrad Astronomy Awards Program)

Link: S1281

Congressional Report: 109th Congress Report on Act (27 June 2005)

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