Planetary Defense Coordination Office

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The Planetary Defense Coordination Office is a planetary defense organization within NASA’s Planetary Science Division. Its mission is to lead the coordination of interagency and intergovernmental efforts to plan responses to potential impact threats.[1] Announced by NASA in January 2016, it is tasked with the job of cataloging and tracking potentially hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs) such as asteroids and comets which are larger than 30 to 50 meters in diameter (compare to the 20-meter Chelyabinsk meteor) and coordinating an effective threat response and mitigation effort.[2][3] The office will continue to utilize the polar orbiting infrared telescope NEOWISE to detect any potentially hazardous object (PHO).[4]

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  1. ^ The Christian Science Monitor (11 January 2016). "NASA creates office to coordinate protection against asteroids". The Christian Science Monitor.
  2. ^ "Planetary Defense Coordination Office". nasa.gov. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ "NASA is opening a new office for planetary defense". extremetech.com. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  4. ^ "This Is How NASA's Planetary Defense Office Will Protect Planet Earth From Asteroid Collisions". techtimes.com. Retrieved 18 January 2016.

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