NASA Announces New National Report On Asteroid Impact Preparedness

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In this late Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, image made from dashcam video, a brightly lit object falls from the sky above a highway in the southern Michigan skyline. (Zack Lawler/WWMT via AP)

WASHINGTON: NASA’s office of communications hosted a media teleconference today to announce the release of a new report from The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The report, titled the Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan, outlines procedures to help the federal government ready itself to deal with objects that could potentially collide with earth (NEOs) over the next 10 years. The report is available here:

The five goals outlined in the report:

Goal 1: Enhance NEO Detection, Tracking, and Characterization Capabilities.

Goal 2: Improve NEO Modeling, Prediction, and Information Integration.

Goal 3: Develop Technologies for NEO Deflection and Disruption Missions.

Goal 4: Increase International Cooperation on NEO Preparation.

Goal 5: Strengthen and Routinely Exercise NEO Impact Emergency Procedures and Action Protocols.



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