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Near-Earth Asteroids: Destinations for Human ExplorationThe Near-Earth Object Human Space Flight Accessible Targets Study (NHATS) is a system that monitors the near-Earth asteroid (NEA) population to identify NEAs whose orbital characteristics may make them potential destinations for future round-trip human space flight missions. To accomplish this monitoring, Brent Barbee (GSFC) developed and automated a system that applies specialized trajectory processing to the orbits of newly discovered NEAs, and those for which we have updated orbit knowledge, obtained from the JPL Small Bodies Database (SBDB). This automated process executes daily and the results are distributed to the general public and the astronomy community. This aids in prioritizing telescope radar time allocations for obtaining crucial follow-up observations of highly accessible NEAs during the critical, because it is often fleeting, time period surrounding the time at which the NEAs are initially discovered.
Document ID
20140017065
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Barbee, Brent W. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD United States)
Date Acquired
December 8, 2014
Publication Date
June 10, 2014
Subject Category
Astrodynamics
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN15527
Meeting Information
AIAA Mid-Atlantic Section Awards Dinner(Baltimore, MD)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
NEO
near-Earth asteroid
near-Earth object
NEA
asteroid

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