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Moving An Asteroid
A Panel Discussion (video)

8:00 - 9:30pm - September 28, 2011
Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Building
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125

The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) and The Planetary Society present a public event examining novel ideas for capturing and moving a small Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) closer to Earth. Come learn why these Near-Earth Asteroids are interesting and important objects to explore.

Capturing and moving a small NEA to a specific spot in or near-Earth orbit, perhaps to a gravitationally stable point in the Sun-Earth or Moon-Earth system, may create a stepping stone for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit, or create a target for extracting resources for space applications. The engineering and technology considerations of moving an asteroid are also advancing our knowledge of how to deflect a potentially hazardous NEA that might be on a collision course with Earth.

An outstanding panel of space leaders will explore these ideas and consider a possible NEA human mission (video):

  • Rusty Schweickart, Former Apollo Astronaut and Chair of the B612 Foundation (pdf)
  • Dr. Tom Jones, Former Shuttle Astronaut (pdf)
  • Professor John Lewis, Planetary Scientist
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy, Executive Director of The Planetary Society (pdf)

Moderator: Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director Emeritus of The Planetary Society and Co-Leader of the Keck Institute Asteroid Retrieval Mission Study.

Watch video of the panel.

For questions contact: Fred Culcik, John Brophy, Louis Friedman or Michele Judd


The Planetary Society

The Planetary Society