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The 2009 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 2009, The Planetary Society awarded $18,300 as part of its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant Program. The grants were made to a group of international researchers to find, track, and characterize potentially hazardous NEOs.

Updates on the 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients (27 April 2009)

Our 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant winners have been extremely busy over the past two years. Take for example Quanzhi Ye of Guangzhou, China: He was only 18 when he received the award but already the principal investigator of the sky survey at the Lulin Observatory in Taiwan.

Updates on the 2007 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients (27 June 2008)

Amateur astronomers play a critical role in retiring the risk of impact from near-Earth objects. When the Shoemaker NEO Grant program began in 1997, the focus was on finding previously undiscovered objects one kilometer in diameter and larger. Thanks to professional NEO survey programs like LINEAR (the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research program run by MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories) and the Catalina Sky Survey (run from the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory), the goal of discovering the vast majority of large NEOs is within reach, and the focus of the Shoemaker NEO Grant Program has shifted to astrometric follow-up and physical studies.

The 2007 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 2007, The Planetary Society awarded $34,500 as part of its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant Program. The grants were made to a group of international researchers to find, track, and characterize potentially hazardous NEOs.

Updates from Past Recipients of the Shoemaker NEO Grants (1 March 2007)

Thanks to The Planetary Society Shoemaker Grant, the 1.06-meter KLENOT telescope optics was completed at the Klet Observatory. Regular observations of the KLENOT project started in March 2002 under the new IAU/MPC code 246, so we can now present results covering 5 years of this work.

Updates from Past Recipients of the Shoemaker NEO Grants (18 July 2006)

Using the Shoemaker NEO Grant funds, Minor Planet Research has purchased a 1.7-terabyte data server for our Asteroid Discovery Station (ADS) education outreach program Through the generosity of Dr. Philip Christensen, this server is housed at the Mars Space Flight Facility (MSFF) at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Updates from Past Recipients of the Shoemaker NEO Grants (17 August 2005)

Following last year's Potentially Hazardous Asteroid and a few other non-main-belt discoveries, I looked into what improvements I could make to more efficiently image the sky. The major advance involved the design of a 3-lens corrector comprising 2 stock lenses and a custom lens I made myself.

The 2005 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 2005, The Planetary Society awarded $32,500 as part of its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grant Program. The grants were made to a group of international researchers to find, track, and characterize potentially hazardous NEOs.

Updates from Past Recipients of the Shoemaker NEO Grants (16 April 2004)

2003 was a good year with 50,779 asteroid astrometric observations submitted, including known NEOs and the discovery of a new Aten-class object, 2003 UY12. Based upon the volume of astrometric observations submitted, observatory code 683 was the world's eighth most productive asteroid astrometry station.

The 2002 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 2002, The Planetary Society awarded $28,290 (US) worth of grants to an international group of researchers in support of near-Earth asteroid detection and characterization efforts.

Updates from Past Recipients of the Shoemaker NEO Grants (20 March 2001)

I just wanted to express my appreciation again to The Planetary Society for the Shoemaker Grant. Apogee Instruments delivered the AP6Ep purchased with the grant on 9 March 2001. Critical mass on all of the other components associated with implementing the proposal was reached last week.

The 2000 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

In 2000, The Planetary Society awarded $33,700 (US) worth of grants to an international group of researchers in support of near-Earth asteroid detection and characterization efforts.

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