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 given the job of cataloging and tracking potentially hazardous near-Earth objects such as asteroids and comets, which are larger than 30 to 50 m in diameter (compare to the 20-m Chelyabinsk meteor) and coordinating an effective threat response and mitigation effort.[2][3] The office will continue to use the polar orbiting infrared telescope NEOWISE to detect any potentially hazardous object.[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". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  3. ^ "NASA is opening a new office for planetary defense". Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  4. ^ "This Is How NASA's Planetary Defense Office Will Protect Planet Earth From Asteroid Collisions". Retrieved 18 January 2016.

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