LPL Will Lead Mission to Discover Potentially Dangerous Asteroids

NASA has tasked LPL Professor Amy Mainzer, an expert in infrared astronomy, with delivering NEO Surveyor, a mission to find, track and characterize yet unseen asteroids and comets that may pose a threat to Earth. 

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