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New Near-Earth Object Report from National Research Council

color image of Eros This color image of Eros was acquired by NEAR's multispectral imager on February 12, 2000, at a range of 1100 miles (1800 kilometers).
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August 12, 2009

In the 2005 NASA Authorization Act, Congress mandated that by 2020 NASA should be capable of detecting at least 90 percent of objects over 140 meters wide in the vicinity of Earth’s orbit. "Near-Earth Object Surveys and Hazard Mitigation Strategies," an interim report of a congressionally mandated study by the National Research Council, examines NASA’s current ability to survey and detect these near-Earth objects.

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More information on Near-Earth Objects is at: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroidwatch/

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