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27 March 2007

IAF Focus: Near Earth Objects

The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) has a focused article on Near Earth Objects (NEOs). Also included in the article is an interview with Professor Roger Bonnet, President of COSPAR. From the article:

NEOS were given special attention in 2007. In February 2007, the Association of Space Explorers presented a paper to the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee at 42nd session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

From that paper came an initiative which has set up a series of meetings of experts and other interested people which will explore the subject of NEOs and possible means of diverting these objects from Earth before they would hit.

The experts will draft a Treaty that should be presented to the UN General Assembly in 2009.

The IAF has interviewed Dr Roger Bonnet on his involvement in this initative.

Link: IAF Focus Page on NEOs

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