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Moving An Asteroid - A Panel Discussion
Moving An Asteroid - A Panel Discussion

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Location:Hameetman Auditorium, Cahill Building, Caltech

Image Credit: Lockheed Martin


The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) and The Planetary Society present a free public event examining novel ideas for capturing and moving a small Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) closer to Earth. Come learn why these Near-Earth Asteroids are interesting and important objects to explore.

Capturing and moving a small NEA to a specific spot in or near-Earth orbit, perhaps to a gravitationally stable point in the Sun-Earth or Moon-Earth system, may create a stepping stone for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit, or create a target for extracting resources for space applications. The engineering and technology considerations of moving an asteroid are also advancing our knowledge of how to deflect a potentially hazardous NEA that might be on a collision course with Earth.

An outstanding panel of space leaders will explore these ideas and consider a possible NEA human mission:

- Rusty Schweickart, Former Apollo Astronaut and Chair of the B612 Foundation
- Dr. Tom Jones, Former Shuttle Astronaut
- Professor John Lewis, Planetary Scientist
- Bill Nye the Science Guy, Executive Director of The Planetary Society

Moderator: Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director Emeritus of The Planetary Society and Co-Leader of the Keck Institute Asteroid Retrieval Mission Study.

Seating is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis. Parking in any Caltech parking lot is free for the lecture.

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