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18 January 2011

Open Global Community NEO Workshop - Target NEO: Providing a Resilient NEO Accessibility Program for Human Exploration Beyond LEO (22 February 2011, Washington, D.C.)

From the conference website and flyer (with agenda)...

Open Global Community NEO Workshop
February 22, 2011, 8 am – 6:30pm
George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21 Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Target NEO: Providing a Resilient NEO Accessibility

Program for Human Exploration Beyond LEO

Workshop will address these questions:
Do we have adequate NEO targets for a robust, resilient, forward-looking but affordable human spaceflight program beyond LEO over the next two decades? What are the characteristics of a realistic human NEO target? Do we know enough today to proceed without a survey mission, and other precursors? Can we “afford” not to do a survey mission?

Workshop Forum and Outcome: The workshop will include, six (6) technical sessions and a broad introduction and closing session with confirmed expert-speakers. A (Q)uestion and (A)nswer period will be accommodated during each session. Following the workshop, a community expert-opinion based report will be delivered to major stakeholders for review and consideration. A request has been submitted to accommodate an initial oral report at the March 2011 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

Attendees: Domestic and internationally recognized small body experts, in both the robotic and human space-flight community, to include but not limited to, small body scientists and related analytical and operational experts, mission designers, systems engineers, mission operations, safety, radiation, etc. Experts across government, academia, industry, and other organizations are encouraged to attend.

Link: Workshop website

Link: Workshop agenda
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