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
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Last modified: Mar 29, 1998