NEOShield-2 Progress Meeting: Day 1

Apr 26
We’re currently in Paris for our milestone progress meeting and formal review by the European Commission. We’ve been in France for just one day, but we’ve certainly been busy. Read a short summary of our activities so far here… After a very early start and a long journey, we arrived in Paris yesterday morning still raring to go. After a spot of sightseeing around the Sainte-Chapelle and a quick lunch in one of Paris’s many

NEOShield-2 Progress Meeting and Formal Review

Apr 22
After 13 months of the project, the NEOShield-2 team will be travelling to Paris next week for a progress meeting and a formal review by the European Commission. Members of the team from ADS-DE, ADS-FR, OBSPM, DLR, DMS, GMV, EMI, INAF, CNRS, and QUB will be there to present the project work undertaken so far. We’ll be posting about this milestone on Facebook and Twitter between April 25th and April 27th, so be sure to

Study shows dinosaurs were already in decline before asteroid impact

Apr 19
A new study suggests that dinosaurs were already on their way to extinction before the asteroid strike that led to their ultimate demise. According to research carried out by scientists at the University of Bristol and the University of Reading, dinosaurs were thriving from the late Triassic period –around 220 million years ago-, but by the time the killer space rock hit, species were already disappearing more quickly than they were appearing. The dinosaurs are

Two new telescopes could help NASA find 90% of potentially hazardous asteroids

Apr 14
A study has found that using a combination of ground-based and space-based telescopes would significantly increase the discovery rate of potentially hazardous asteroids (PHAs). NASA is legally required to identify at least 90% of asteroids that are 140+ metres in size and that could pose a danger to Earth. When the law was passed by the US Congress a decade ago, the space agency was given a deadline of 2020 to reach that target; however,