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Passed House amended (10/01/2002)

Charles "Pete" Conrad Astronomy Awards Act - (Sec. 2) Authorizes the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to: (1) establish the Charles "Pete" Conrad Astronomy Awards Program to reward outstanding amateur astronomers who make asteroid discoveries, and to augment the Government's asteroid discovery efforts; and (2) contract with the Minor Planet Center of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory to administer the program.

Sets forth three annual award categories for: (1) 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) an amateur astronomer for pre-discovery and recovery efforts; and (3) the amateur astronomer, or professional not funded for optical astronomy, who provides the greatest service to update the minor planet catalogue.

Sets forth certain guidelines and eligibility requirements for the award of prizes.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 2003 and 2004.