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S. 1856 (is) To amend title 28 of the United States Code to authorize Federal district courts to hear civil actions to recover damages or secure relief for certain injuries to persons and property under or resulting from the Nazi government of Germany. [I...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 1855 To authorize the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish an awards program in honor of Charles ``Pete'' Conrad, astronaut and space scientist, for recognizing the discoveries made by amateur astronomers of asteroids with near-Earth orbit trajectories. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES November 12, 2003 Mr. Allen introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To authorize the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to establish an awards program in honor of Charles ``Pete'' Conrad, astronaut and space scientist, for recognizing the discoveries made by amateur astronomers of asteroids with near-Earth orbit trajectories. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Charles `Pete' Conrad Astronomy Awards Act''. SEC. 2. PETE CONRAD ASTRONOMY AWARD PROGRAM. (a) Program Authorized.--The Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (hereafter referred to as the ``Administrator'') is authorized to establish the Charles ``Pete'' Conrad Astronomy Awards Program. The Administrator is authorized to contract with the Minor Planet Center of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (hereafter referred to as the ``Minor Planet Center'') to administer the program. (b) Purpose.--The purpose of the program authorized by subsection (a) shall be to award outstanding amateur astronomers who make asteroid discoveries and to augment asteroid discovery efforts by the Government. (c) Award Categories.--The award program authorized under subsection (a) shall consist of 3 categories of awards as follows: (1) First category.--An award in the first category shall be presented annually to the amateur astronomer who, using amateur equipment only, discovers the largest absolute magnitude new asteroid having a near-Earth orbit during the preceding calendar year. (2) Second category.--An award in the second category shall be presented annually to an amateur astronomer for pre- discovery and recovery efforts, including-- (A) the discovery of asteroids by an amateur as a result of information produced by professional telescopes or as a result of the amateur's use of time on professional equipment; and (B) efforts to locate newly discovered asteroids using old images and already discovered near-Earth orbit asteroids that have been ``lost''. (3) Third category.--An award in the third category shall be presented annually to the amateur astronomer, or professional not funded for optical astronomy, who provides the greatest service to update the minor planet catalogue. Eligible discoveries may be made by visual, photographic, or electronic means. (d) Guidelines for Awarding Prizes.--General guidelines for the awarding of prizes are as follows: (1) Prizes shall be awarded to the person or group with the greatest contributions as determined by the Minor Planet Center for the second and third categories. (2) The award in the first category shall not be presented for years in which there are no eligible asteroid discoveries. (3) All awards are reserved for United States citizens. (4) The decisions of the Minor Planet Center in administering the award program are final. (e) Eligibility.--Individuals are eligible to apply for the awards authorized under this section if the following conditions are satisfied: (1) All applicants must demonstrate that they are not funded to use professional telescopes or observations and are acting solely in an amateur capacity. (2) Government and professional astronomers associated with the near-Earth orbit asteroid project, as well as members of their immediate families, are not eligible for the awards. (f) Regulations.--The Administrator or the Minor Planet Center may prescribe such regulations as may be necessary to implement the program authorized by this section. (g) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated $10,000 for each of fiscal years 2004 and 2005 to carry out this Act. <all>
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