NSN Webinar Series: Planetary Defense: Defending Earth from Hazardous Asteroids

NSN Webinar Series: Planetary Defense: Defending Earth from Hazardous Asteroids

  • Nighttime Event
  • Inside Venue
  • Target Audience
  • Teen, Adult
Images: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL, Paul Abell

On September 21 NASA Night Sky Network members joined Dr. Paul Abell as he shared plans for the DART mission, a planetary defence mission which will  demonstrate a technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.

From Dr. Abell:
This presentation will provide some background on potentially hazardous asteroids, recent Earth impacts, and NASA’s activities to help protect Earth from asteroids.  The presentation will describe NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission as well as share information on the European Space Agency’s (ESAs) Hera mission.  DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space. 

About Dr. Paul Abell
Dr. Paul Abell is the Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at the Johnson Space Center. His main areas of interest are physical characterization of near-Earth objects (NEOs) via ground-based and spacecraft observations, examination of NEOs for future robotic and human exploration, and identification of potential resources within the NEO population for future in situ utilization. Abell has been studying potentially hazardous asteroids and near-Earth objects for over 15 years and is an investigation team member on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

Further Information and Additional Viewing Options
The event will also be streaming live on YouTube, but please note that questions asked over the NSN-members-only Zoom Q&A will be prioritized.
Link: https://youtu.be/ldX5dtDLwQM

The recording will be uploaded both to the webinar's resource page and to the NSN YouTube page for folks that are unable to attend this evening's session.

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Last Updated: September 22, 2021

 

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NSN Webinar Series: Planetary Defense: Defending Earth from Hazardous Asteroids

Recording of the webinar held on September 21, 2021.

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