Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 5

May 19
Friday, May 19, 2017, Tokyo, Japan The last day of the PDC was fully dedicated to the hypothetical NEO/Earth impact event scenario exercise. During the whole week the experts worked on this exercise that aims to deflect the fictitious asteroid 2017 PDC. The initial scenario was as follows: An asteroid is discovered on March 6, 2017, at magnitude 21.1, and confirmed the following day. It is assigned the designation “2017 PDC” by the Minor Planet

Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 4

May 18
Thursday, May 18, 2017, Tokyo, Japan The penultimate day of the PDC started with the talks of the Session 6, which addressed the topic Impact Consequences, where experts explained what would happen if an asteroid would impact Earth. Still in the morning, the Session 7 took place with talks about Disaster Response, presenting ways to respond to the impact threat once it becomes real. The afternoon started with the Session 8, addressing Impact Risk Assessment and Decision

Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 3

May 17
Wednesday, May 17, 2017, Tokyo, Japan The third day of the PDC was the day that the NEOShield-2 team participated most. The day started with the continuation of the Session 4, initiated on the previous day. Later on, the Session 5 got started with the topic Mission & Campaign designs. The first talks in this session addressed the Asteroid Impact And Deflection Assessment (AIDA), the NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) Mission and the ESA’s Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM).

Planetary Defense Conference (PDC) 2017 – Day 2

May 16
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Tokyo, Japan The second day of the PDC started with talks about NEO Characterization Results on Session 3, organized by Prof. Alan Harris and Dr. Line Drube, both from DLR and NEOShield-2. The session started with the talk from Simone Ieva, post-doctoral researcher at INAF, about the Italian contribution to the NEOShield-2 project. He showed the results of the first year of the activity. Simone’s talk was followed by the talk of Eric Christensen, head of the Catalina Sky Survey,