Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center Capabilities and Research Interests

The Saudi Lunar and Near Earth Object Science Center resides within, and is governed by, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST). The Center provides the basis for all lunar and Near Earth Object (NEO) research within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It encompasses a multitude of participating institutes and representatives from key institutional sectors within the Kingdom.

Relevant research topics include:

• Topographical studies
• Laser imaging
• Radar imaging
• IR or non optical imaging
• New moon imaging
• Laser ranging and imaging (Hansen)
• Near Earth Object Studies
• Near-Earth Objects As Future Resources

The Center hopes to develop technologies and applications to aid lunar research, and to develop and space-flight test technologies for the identification, exploration and mitigation of potentially hazardous Near-Earth Objects (NEOs). Developing cost-effective technologies for space exploration of the Moon and NEOs is also a priority. Another main thrust of the Center is to inspire youth to follow careers in Space science and engineering by offering project-based learning experiences.

For more information, contact:
Haithem Altwaijry
King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST)
http://www.kacst.edu.sa/en/depts/nlneosc/Pages/home.aspx

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