The 1998 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients
The 1998 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grants, totaling $27,000 (US), were awarded to an international collection of researchers:
Stefan Gajdos is a professional astronomer with the Institute of Astronomy in Bratislava in the Slovak Republic. His grant monies will be used to upgrade his program's equipment and software, to fund needed computer services, and to create a public outreach program.
Paulo Holvorcem, a teacher at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil, will use his Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant to upgrade automation of equipment at his observatory, freeing a number of volunteer observers to spend more time conducting data analysis and taking more exposures during each observation session.
Frank Zoltowski is an amateur astronomer who conducts NEO searches in the small town of Woomera in the South Australian outback. Grant money will enable Zoltowski to upgrade his charge-coupled device (CCD) camera, improving his ability to detect NEOs in sky images and confirm their orbits in a series of exposures.
The Planetary Society would like to thank the other Shoemaker NEO Grant applicants.