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Whitepaper #270 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: planetary defense; other planetary bodies: Near-Earth Objects; primitive bodies
Early detection and characterization of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs) is the first priority for planetary defense. This paper outlines the NEO characterization priorities and considerations relevant to planetary defense over the time period of the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023–2032.