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[119 STAT. 2933]
[119 STAT. 2933]
PUBLIC LAW 109-000—MMMM. DD, 2005

PUBLIC LAW 109–155—DEC. 30, 2005

119 STAT. 2933

and other celestial bodies, and does not include any individual employed as a professional astronomer; (2) the term ‘‘Minor Planet Center’’ means the Minor Planet Center of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; (3) the term ‘‘near-Earth asteroid’’ means an asteroid with a perihelion distance of less than 1.3 Astronomical Units from the Sun; and (4) the term ‘‘Program’’ means the Charles ‘‘Pete’’ Conrad Astronomy Awards Program established under subsection (c). (c) PETE CONRAD ASTRONOMY AWARD PROGRAM.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator shall establish the Charles ‘‘Pete’’ Conrad Astronomy Awards Program. (2) AWARDS.—The Administrator shall make awards under the Program based on the recommendations of the Minor Planet Center. (3) AWARD CATEGORIES.—The Administrator shall make one annual award, unless there are no eligible discoveries or contributions, for each of the following categories: (A) The amateur astronomer or group of amateur astronomers who in the preceding calendar year discovered the intrinsically brightest near-Earth asteroid among the near-Earth asteroids that were discovered during that year by amateur astronomers or groups of amateur astronomers. (B) The amateur astronomer or group of amateur astronomers who made the greatest contribution to the Minor Planet Center’s mission of cataloguing near-Earth asteroids during the preceding year. (4) AWARD AMOUNT.—An award under the Program shall be in the amount of $3,000. (5) GUIDELINES.—(A) No individual who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of his discovery or contribution may receive an award under this section. (B) The decisions of the Administrator in making awards under this section are final. SEC. 614. REVIEW OF EDUCATION PROGRAMS.

42 USC 16793.

(a) IN GENERAL.—The Administrator shall enter into an arrangement with the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a review and evaluation of NASA’s precollege science, technology, and mathematics education program. The review and evaluation shall be documented in a report to the Administrator and shall include such recommendations as the National Research Council determines will improve the effectiveness of the program. (b) REVIEW.—The review and evaluation under subsection (a) shall include— (1) an evaluation of the effectiveness of the overall program in meeting its defined goals and objectives; (2) an assessment of the quality and educational effectiveness of the major components of the program, including an evaluation of the adequacy of assessment metrics and data collection requirements available for determining the effectiveness of individual projects; (3) an evaluation of the funding priorities in the program, including a review of the funding level and funding trend for each major component of the program and an assessment

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