NEOShield to assess Earth Defence

BBC News: “NEOShield is a new international project that will assess the threat posed by Near Earth Objects (NEO) and look at the best possible solutions for dealing with a big asteroid or comet on a collision path with our planet. The effort is being led from the German space agency’s (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin, and had its kick-off meeting this week. It will draw on expertise from across Europe, Russia and the US.

It’s a major EU-funded initiative that will pull together all the latest science, initiate a fair few laboratory experiments and new modelling work, and then try to come to some definitive positions.”

Read the full article at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16651642

Asteroid Threat to Earth Sparks Global ‘NEOShield’ Project

SPACE.com: “They can be mean and nasty, and they can mess up our planet big time. They are near-Earth objects, dubbed NEOs, celestial flotsam such as asteroids or comets that can, and have, scored direct hits on our humble home planet.

A new international consortium has been launched to address the impact threat to Earth, but, more pointedly, to organize, prepare and implement mitigation measures.”

Read the full article at: http://www.space.com/14370-asteroid-shield-earth-threat-protection-meeting.html