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12 May 2006

NASA Workshop on NEO Detection, Characterization and Threat Mitigation: Call for Papers

NASA Headquarters
NASA Research Announcement
Call For Papers: Near-Earth Object Detection, Characterization, and Threat Mitigation
Solicitation: NNH06ZAE001R

NASA is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a workshop on Near-Earth Object (NEO) Detection, Characterization and Threat Mitigation to be held at a site to be announced. This workshop is being held in support of NASA's Office of Program Analysis & Evaluation (PA&E) study in response to congressional direction:

- Chartering NASA to detecting, tracking, cataloguing, and characterizing near-Earth objects in order to provide warning and mitigation of their potential hazard,

- Authorizing NASA to plan, develop, and implement a Near-Earth Object Survey program,

- And directing NASA to study possible alternatives to carry out the survey program and to divert an object on a likely collision course with Earth, and to report back to Congress with a recommendation on these alternatives recommended survey program.

Key Dates:
- Abstract submissions due May 26, 2006 by 11:59pm E.D.T.
- Author Invitation to attend workshop by June 7, 2006.
- White paper submissions (invitation only) due by June 25, 2006.
- Workshop location and dates to be determined (late June-July time frame).


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