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The Case for a Planetary Defense-Optimized NEO Characterization Tour

Whitepaper #336 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: planetary defense; primitive bodies; technology development

Published onMar 18, 2021
The Case for a Planetary Defense-Optimized NEO Characterization Tour

For the first time, planetary defense priorities are being included in the community’s decadal re-evaluation of planetary science. In this paper include a set of recommendations for future characterization missions, and suggest studying a “Potentially-Hazardous Asteroid Characterization Tour” (PHACT) mission concept optimized for planetary defense.


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