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The Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking program (NEAT) is an autonomous observatory located on Haleakala in Hawaii. This program is a comprehensive survey for Near-Earth asteroids and comets.

IRTF Mission Support

  • Requirement of rapid observation of newly discovered NEOs to characterize their size, albedo and minearology. Not only are these objects potential hazards, but they are also potential resources for Earth.
  • Immediate followup - 1-5 micron spectra for surface compositon
  • Size, albedo, thermal inertia within 0.25 AU

Visits since 10/99. Last Updated on December 15, 2001
Karen. Meech, Institute for Astronomy, UH