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Near-Earth Object Camera

General information
Organization NASA/JPL
Mission length 4 years
Wavelength 6–10 µm
Diameter 50 cm

NEOCam (the Near-Earth Object Camera) is a proposed space-based infrared telescope designed to survey the Solar System for potentially hazardous asteroids.[1] Proposals for NEOCam were submitted in 2006, 2010, and 2015 to the NASA Discovery Program. In 2010, NEOCam was selected to receive technology development funding to design and test new detectors optimized for asteroid and comet detection and discovery.[2][3] NEOCam will survey from the Earth–Sun L1 Lagrange point, allowing it to look close to the Sun and see objects inside Earth's orbit.[4][5]

The primary scientific goal of NEOCam is to discover and characterize over two-thirds of the potentially hazardous asteroids larger than 140 meters over the course of its 4-year mission. Secondary science goals include detection and characterization of approximately one million asteroids in the asteroid belt and thousands of comets.[6] The principal investigator is Amy Mainzer of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).[7]


  1. ^ "NEOCam website". JPL. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  2. ^ "NEOCam Mission description and history". JPL. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  3. ^ NASA, Discovery, JPL, Anthony Goodeill. "Discovery News, May 2011". NASA. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  4. ^ "NEOCam orbit description". JPL. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  5. ^ Mainzer, Amanda K. (September 2009), "NEOCam: The Near-Earth Object Camera", Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society (American Astronomical Society) 38: 568 
  6. ^ "NEOCam Science". JPL. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 
  7. ^ "Amy Mainzer's JPL homepage". JPL. 2003-08-25. Retrieved 2013-07-06. 

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