NASA's Watchdog Office Criticizes Asteroid-Hunting Program

September 15, 2014 7:54 PM

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NASA's Watchdog Office Criticizes Asteroid-Hunting Program

An internal watchdog office says that NASA's efforts to identify, track and do something about potentially threatening asteroids are not well-integrated and lack proper oversight. Top NASA executives agreed with the criticism and promised to fix the problems within a year.

Monday's report from NASA's Office of Inspector General focuses on the agency's program to deal with near-Earth objects. That program is budgeted at $40 million a year, which represents a tenfold increase over what it was five years ago. The NEO Program Office coordinates NASA's efforts to catalog c...

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