I was long ago been bitten by a bug that made Near Earth orbiting objects a fascination for me. I believe that nearby objects should be more than a menace to fear. These objects harbor precious resources that pave our way to deeper space.
My interest in impact craters goes back to when I was a child fascinated by the mighty dinosaurs. Even then, scientists imagined that a great impact event could have modified the environment of the Cretaceous Earth. Although Hollywood has gloried the possibility of a hazardous impact, the truth remains that Earth is as likely to be stuck by a NEO as it was 65 million years ago.
One of the earliest pioneers of in-depth searches for nearby objects was Dr. Eugene Shoemaker, a co-discoverer of comet SL9, and expert on planetary impacts. I would like to dedicate this page to Dr. Shoemaker, in honor of his many efforts to discover and track these objects so near to us. In March 2000, the NEAR spacecraft was renamed to NEAR Shoemaker.
Astra's Stargate has a Near Earth Asteroid Page
Learn about Near Eath Asteroids, What are they, how to detect them, how we plan to defend the planet, and what you can do as an amateur astronomer to assist in the effort to chacterise and track them.
Find out about NASA's Asteroid Redirect Mission and discover ways to move a 10-m asteroid into orbit around the moon
Look Out! Check JPL's Close Approach page to see what's coming near us!
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LINKS TO NEO DETECTION PROGRAMS
ASTEROID RESOURCE UTILIZATION
LINKS TO *COOL* NEO STUFF !
ASTEROIDS and NEOs IN THE NEWS
SPACECRAFT VISIT NEARBY OBJECTS !
Other NEO Pages
This page is not complete, but was last updated on 7/09/13!
Links to related pages at Astra's: [ Back to Astronomy ] [ Comets! ] [ Near Earth Asteroids]
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