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The Future of Planetary Defense in the Era of Advanced Surveys

Whitepaper #259 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: planetary defense; primitive bodies; solar system formation, dynamics processes, and chronology

Published onMar 18, 2021
The Future of Planetary Defense in the Era of Advanced Surveys

Impacts due to near-Earth objects constitute a potentially preventable natural hazard. The first priority of planetary defense should be to complete a survey of objects large enough to cause severe regional damage, and to adequately fund characterization, modeling, and mitigation testing to address these rare but potentially catastrophic events.


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