TMO conducts high-precision astrometric observations to support NASA and international spacecraft mission navigation, confirmation and recovery of Near-Earth objects such as comets and asteroids that may potentially impact the Earth, and technology development.
A 1.25 m (49 in) reflector previously located at Cloudcroft Observatory was acquired in the late 1980s and became operation in the early 1990s. It was removed from the TMO web site before June 2003.
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