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The work leading to the production and management of this website has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 282703.

The content of the website reflects only the author’s views and the NEOShield Consortium as a whole or European Community is not liable for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.

The NEOShield Consortium

The NEOShield Consortium Coordinator is Alan Harris from DLR's Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin.

The NEOShield Consortium is made up of the following partners:

  • DLR Institute of Planetary Research
  • Observatoire de Paris
    • LESIA: Laboratory of Space Studies and Instrumentation in Astrophysics
    • IMCCE: Institut de Mécanique Céleste et de Calcul des Éphémérides
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Centre for Scientific Research), CNRS
  • The Open University
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Kurzzeitdynamik, Ernst-Mach-Institut (Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics, Ernst-Mach-Institut), EMI
  • The Queen's University of Belfast
  • Airbus Defence and Space
    • Airbus DS GmbH, Friedrichshafen
    • Airbus DS GmbH, Bremen
    • Airbus Defence and Space Ltd, Stevenage
    • Airbus Defence and Space SAS, Toulouse
    • Airbus Defence and Space SAS, Les Mureaux
  • Deimos Space
  • SETI Institute Corporation, Carl Sagan Center
  • Federalnoe Gosudarstvennoe Unitarnopredpriyatie, Tsentralny Nauchnoissledovatelsky Institut Machinostroeniya (TsNIIMash)
  • University of Surrey, Surrey Space Centre
  • University of Bern

Background Image Credit

The Earth in the background image of this website is based on an image taken by ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli from the Soyuz TMA-20 as it left the space station.
The asteroid on the home page is the asteroid Ida. This mosaic image was captured by the Galileo spacecraft. Image credit: NASA/JPL.

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Managing Directors (Geschäftsführung): Evert Dudok (Vorsitzender), Dr. Lars Immisch, Dr. Michael Menking, Thomas S. Müller, Dr. Johannes von Thadden

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