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Grant Recipients

The Planetary Society has supported the study of potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects (NEOs) since the early 1980s. Following the untimely death of NEO researcher and Society friend Gene Shoemaker in 1997, The Planetary Society dedicated this grant program in his name to support amateurs and underfunded professionals in the endeavor to reduce the uncertainty of the risk posed by NEOs to the Earth. To date, the Society has awarded 43 Shoemaker NEO grants totaling about $270,000 to observers around the world.

Past Awards

The 2013 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Recipients of the Planetary Society's 2013 Shoemaker NEO Grant.

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The 2010 Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

Recipients of the Planetary Society's 2010 Shoemaker NEO Grant.

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The 2007 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

The 2007 Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants, totaling $34,500 (US), were awarded to an international collection of amateur astronomers and researchers.

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The 2005 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

$32,500 was awarded to Peter Birtwhistle, Erich Meyer, Gianluca Masi, James W. Ashley, and David J. Higgins.

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The 2002 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

These dedicated observers and their projects were selected from a group of 37 proposals that The Planetary Society received from 13 different countries.

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The 2000 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

The 2000 Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object (NEO) Grants, totaling $33,700 (US), were awarded to an international collection of amateur astronomers and researchers.

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The 1998 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

The 1998 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grants, totaling $27,000 (US), were awarded to an international collection of researchers.

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The 1997 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grant Recipients

The 1997 Gene Shoemaker NEO Grants, totaling $35,000 (US), were awarded to an international collection of researchers.

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