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Apr 15, 2015

Leaders in Asteroid Tracking/Observing Awarded Through Global Grant Program

The Planetary Society, the world’s leading non-profit space interest group, today announced the 2015 winners of its Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grant program, an initiative that funds leading asteroid observers, primarily advanced amateurs.

Apr 18, 2013

The Planetary Society Takes Central Role in Asteroid Detection, Tracking, and Characterization

At a major planetary defense conference in Flagstaff, AZ last evening, the Planetary Society announced the winners of its 2013 Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) grants, and was recognized itself for the Society’s long history of international leadership in the detection and mitigation of threatening asteroids, and other planetary discoveries.

Feb 05, 2013

Planetary Society Shoemaker Grant Enabled Discovery of Asteroid 2012 DA14 - Flying Close by Earth on February 15

On Friday, February 15, 2013, Asteroid 2012 DA14 will travel just 17,000 miles above the Earth - closer to our planet than the orbit of the communications satellite that broadcast the Super Bowl around the world. The discovery of Asteroid DA14 was made by a small team of observers at La Sagra Observatory in Southern Spain, enabled with a grant provided by The Planetary Society.

Mar 17, 2010

Planetary Society Offers Funding to International Asteroid-Tracking Community

To find and track near-Earth objects (NEOs) to determine which -- if any -- pose a threat to our world, The Planetary Society has issued a call for new proposals for its Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants.

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Your Impact: March Equinox 2020

Celebrating Shoemaker Grant winners, Society awards, and volunteer efforts around the world.

Announcing the 2019 Shoemaker NEO Grant Winners

Six proposals are awarded a total of $57,906. The winners come from 4 countries on 3 continents.

The Biggest Little Asteroid Observatory

The Center for Solar System Studies, a perennial Planetary Society Shoemaker NEO Grant winner, is a small observatory that makes big contributions to near-Earth asteroid research.

NASA to Build New Asteroid-Hunting Space Telescope

The yet-to-be-named telescope would launch as soon as 2024, as part of NASA's new, multi-pronged approach to planetary defense.

The Planetary Society Announces 2019 Call for Proposals for Shoemaker NEO Grant Program

Our grants fund amateur observers, underfunded professional observers, and observers in developing countries who make vital contributions to NEO research.

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