The Planetary Society has supported the study of potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects (NEOs) since the early 1980s. Following the untimely death of NEO researcher and Society friend Gene Shoemaker in 1997, The Planetary Society dedicated this grant program in his name to support amateurs and underfunded professionals in the endeavor to reduce the uncertainty of the risk posed by NEOs to the Earth. To date, the Society has awarded 49 Shoemaker NEO grants totaling about $323,000 to observers around the world.
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