11
Oct
2017

Asteroid’s close encounter puts global tracking network to the test

“This campaign is a team effort that involves more than a dozen observatories, universities and labs around the globe so we can collectively learn the strengths and limitations of our near-Earth object observation capabilities,” says Vishnu Reddy, principal investigator for a NASA-funded near-Earth asteroid characterization project. “This effort will exercise the entire system, to include the initial and follow-up observations, precise orbit determination, and international communications.”

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