Sentinel may be able to detect smaller asteroids!

Apr 30
Sentinel

Credit: Ball Aerospace

  According to a B612 Foundation official, Sentinel, the space telescope that was originally meant to search for larger Near Earth Objects (NEOs) could also be efficient in detecting NEOs between 20 and 40 meters in diameter. Indeed, smaller NEOs are much more likely to hit Earth in the following years, than larger NEOs. Everyone still remembers the Chelyabinsk meteor

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an asteroid???

Apr 28
2015 HP116

(Image: ESA, image by C.Carreau)

Earlier today, the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre (MPC) had a good news to share with the world: the Earth had a new moon! This morning, one of the MPC’s staff members posted a description of the so-called moon, also named 2015 HP116. The small asteroid was supposed to orbite our planet until March 2019. Unfortunately,

NEO NEWS (21 April 2015) NASA ARM, OSIRIS-Rex, and Planetary Defense Conference

Apr 22

Bolden Not Concerned About ARM Criticism

Space News, April 15 2015, by Jeff Foust [http://spacenews.com/31-space-symposium/#sthash.ivLIzIyJ.dpuf] NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said April 14 he is not concerned with recent criticism of the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) by the agency’s own advisory group. The NASA Advisory Council, at an April 10 meeting in Washington, unanimously approved a finding that concluded that NASA should not carry out its current plans for ARM. Those plans involve landing

PDC2015: Impact scenario

Apr 17

Note: This article concerns a hypothetical asteroid scenario. The information described in this article does not concern a real world event but is based on the practise scenario used at the PDC2015.


  The planetary defense conference 2015 has gone through its last day this Friday, and this day was fully dedicated to the conclusion of the PDC2015 impact scenario. During the conference all the experts on planetary defence