NEOShield geared up to attend their second SpaceUp unconference, which took place at the ESA headquarters in Paris, France. On May 25th & May 26th everyone from scientists and engineers to journalists and space enthusiasts, as well as fans via social media gathered to participate in SpaceUp Paris. The space exploration event was the first ever SpaceUp located in France and proved to be a great success.
NEOShield team members Araba Molly Acquaisie and Emily Hamid presented their talk “Preparing to Protect the Planet”, demonstrating how the NEOShield Project is working to save the Earth from a Near Earth Object impact, complete with an animated kinetic impactor video, informative datasheets and custom NEOShield pins for the audience. Following, the presentation was a question and answer period which quickly transformed into an open discussion about the political concerns and scientific possibilities surrounding NEO mitigation methods. Interacting with the audience and meeting interesting professionals in the world of space research is one of the extraordinary experiences of SpaceUp.
As SpaceUp is a user-generated conference comprised of only participantes, many other discussions took place: newly appointed executive director for World Space Week, Remco Timmermans, explained how to effectively use Twitter in the space community; members of the Space Generation Advisory Council discussed how get involved; Engineer Alex Von Eckartsberg presented on the hazards of space debris; Fanny Auneau raised the topic of space tourism, and much more.
Space Generation Advisory Council’s presentation
Additionally, in attendance were multiple individuals of high standing in the space industry. The Head of the ESA Communications Department, Fernando Doblas took a strong supporting role in the conference, contributing on both days to the discussions and opening speech. There were special guest presentations by world renowned astronauts, one including Jean-François Clervoy, who has been to space three times, and a surprise video call with astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who was recently selected for a mission, both gladly answering questions from the audience.
ESA Headquarters in Paris
NEOShield thanks all SpaceUp organizers and participants in Paris and on Twitter for their participation, support and interest.
Thank you for the tweets and follows during #SpaceUp #Paris 2013.
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by Emily Hamid