Science and Exploration

ESA Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre Opening

By Marc Boucher
May 29, 2013
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ESA Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre Opening
NEO Coordination Centre opening.
ESA/V. Stefanelli

On May 22nd the European Space Agency (ESA) opened its new Near-Earth Object (NEO) Coordination Centre so it can contribute to the global effort in discovering asteroids and other hazardous natural objects that may strike Earth.
The NEO Coordination Centre will serve as the central access point to a network of European NEO data sources and information providers being established under ESA’s Space Situational Awareness (SSA) Programme.

This is the second centre to be opened under SSA leadership after the Space Weather Coordination Centre that opened in Brussels last month.

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