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

Congrats DYS 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


NEOShield-2 Reference Mission Sample Return Scenario

Derived shape model of 1996 FG3 shown from four view angles, i.e., north pole (top left), south pole (bottom left), equator (top right and bottom right), respectively. Yu et al. (2014).

  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


Aug 24

NEOShield-2 and Asteroid Day   Do you remember Tunguska? The largest asteroid to impact Earth in recent history. In 1908, this 40-meter asteroid impacted over Siberia, Russia, destroying more than 800 square miles of forest. The energy impact was equivalent to 500 times the force of the Hiroshima bomb. To make sure that there are “no more tunguskas,” the two largest global awareness movements have joined