Whitepaper #196 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: planetary defense
Due to COVID-19, the public is very aware of the value of disaster preparation. Combined with the coming Apophis flyby, there is a new relevance for planetary defense — the ultimate “low probability, high impact” event. The community should embrace this effort and endorse a permanent mission line to advance science and planetary defense capability.