NEOShield to attend 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference
The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) will be holding the 2013 Planetary Defense Conference during 15 – 19 April 2013 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA. Under the theme ‘Gathering for Impact!’ scientists, engineers and policymakers will discuss topics such as Near Earth Object (NEO) discoveries and characterisations, mitigation methods, as well as recent progress and future plans for planetary defence.
NEOShield will be attending and hosting an international panel
NEOShield to present at 50th session of UN COPUOS
The 50th session of the Science and Technical Subcommitee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) is being held between 11-22 February 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria.
The Action Team on Near-Earth Objects, which includes NEOShield, will discuss the potential threat of asteroids before submitting recommendations for an international response to the near-Earth object impact threat on Monday 18 February. Line Drube, on behalf the
Large meteor streaks across skies in Russia
On Friday 15 February 2013, a large meteor blazed across the sky of Russia’s Ural mountains, exploding over the region of Chelyabinsk. The shockwave produced from the fireball was strong enough to shatter windows and set off car alarms. The meteor is estimated to have a size of 17 metres and entered the atmosphere at approximately 18 km/s (64,000km/h or 40,000mph). Warning: videos contain strong language.
COMPETITION: NEOSHIELD NOËL
It’s a NEOShield Noël and we’ve got 24 questions and 24 NEOShield pins in our asteroid advent calendar.
We’re giving away a NEOShield pin everyday until 24th December. To enter, you need be a follower of @NEOShieldTeam on Twitter, retweet (RT) one of our #NEOShieldNoël tweets and answer the asteroid-related question. The winner will be picked daily after 16:00 UTC; this will be followed by the release of the next question