Overview: The Near-Earth Object Camera (NEOCam) is a new mission that is designed to discover and characterize most of the potentially hazardous asteroids that are near the Earth. NEOCam consists of an infrared telescope and a wide-field camera operating at thermal infrared wavelengths.NEOCam's primary science objectives are to assess the present-day risk of near-Earth object (NEO) impact, study the origin and ultimate fate of our solar system's asteroids, and find the most suitable NEO targets for future exploration by robots and humans. The NEOCam mission has been funded for detailed refinement by NASA.
IPAC is the NEOCam Science Data Center, building upon its long heritage supporting NASA's major infrared sky surveys and detecting and characterizing small bodies in the solar system. IPAC is responsible for NEOCam science data processing and archiving of the final science and engineering data products. IPAC distributes NEOCam image and extracted source data via the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive, and works with the IAU Minor Planet Center and NASA Planetary Data System to release solar system object detections and physical characterizations to the science community.
News Release • June 19th, 2019
A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today gives a boost to supporters of building a space-based infrared telescope to detect asteroids as part of...