Congress Mulls Rewards for Asteroid Hunters
2 Oct 2002
(Source: U.S. House of Representatives)
H.R. 5303, the Charles "Pete" Conrad Astronomy Awards Act, named for the third man to walk on the moon, establishes awards to encourage amateur astronomers to discover and track asteroids crossing in a near-earth orbit. Earth has experienced several near-misses with asteroids that would have proven catastrophic, and the scientific community relies heavily on amateur astronomers to discover and track these objects. The House approved the bill by voice vote yesterday evening.
"Pete Conrad was a pilot, explorer, and entrepreneur of the highest caliber. I think it is fitting that we honor Pete Conrad by establishing this award to encourage amateur astronomers and private citizens to keep looking up and out into the future," said bill sponsor and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA).