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16 March 2007

The Planetary Society NEO Observations Grants (and Executive Director Friedman Reviews the 2007 PD Conference)

These awards were announced at the same time as the 2007 Planetary Defense Conference was being held. Louis D. Friedman, executive director of The Planetary Society, was at the conference. He has his own review of the conference here.

"The Planetary Society again advanced the search for comets and asteroids that might someday strike our planet by awarding Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants (NEO) to seven researchers from five countries. Last night the winners were announced at the Planetary Defense Conference, a gathering of professional NEO researchers from around the world, being held in Washington, D.C. The 2007 recipients are Robert E. Holmes, Jr, Donald P. Pray, and Brian D. Warner of the USA; Jean-Claude Pelle of French Polynesia; Quanzhi Ye of China; Eric J. Allen of Canada; and Giovanni Sostero of Italy. The Society received 23 proposals from 11 countries."

Link: Planetary Society Press Release (07 March 2007)

Link: Review by Louis Friedman of the 2007 Planetary Defense Conference

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