NEO NEWS (24 SEP 2015) Nuking NEAs, NEA Mining, Honors to Consolmagno and Durda

Sep 29
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: HELPFUL HINTS FOR NUKING AN ASTEROID By Mark Strauss, Aug 3 2015. Selections from the story at http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150803-space-nasa-asteroids-comets-nuclear-weapons-defense/ …. NASA’s chief concern isn’t an enormous, civilization-threatening object of the type that smashes into Earth, on average, every million years. Instead, it’s the estimated one million asteroids in our solar system that have the potential to strike our planet and destroy a city. To date, we’ve discovered only 10,000 of these…. Unlike other natural

NEO NEWS (22 Sept 2015) PDC SIMULATION, END-OF-THE-WORLD?

Sep 23
Report from the Planetary Defense 2015 Conference. One of the highlights of the PDC in Frascati was the multi-part simulation of an impact stretching over 7 years of time (but only 5 days at the conference). The best description I have seen of this exercise is from Oliver Morton published in the Economist special section on alternative futures. It reads in part: If an asteroid heads for Earth: Taking the hit ON APRIL 13th 2015

“Draw Your Space” contest Winners

Aug 31
Our NEOShield-2 jury had a hard time ranking the entries, but we finally have our winners!   “Visuals” category: 1st place: Mattias Palsson 2nd place: Katja Lindblom “Texts” category: 1st place: Alex Carlton 2nd place: Joseph Heatter 3rd place: Veerendra Sutar Congratulations to all of you! The entries will soon be available on our website.  

NEOShield-2 Reference Mission for the Sample Return Scenario

Aug 25
    In the frame of the NEOShield-2 H2020 Project, the definition of the Reference Mission for the Sample Return Scenario represented an important step for supporting the following development activities on GNC (Guidance, Navigation and Control) and Sampling technologies. This activity started by performing a thorough review of the surface properties of potential NEO candidates, identifying the main sample parameters that have to be considered as interesting for sampling and the type of investigations