|Workshop Public Lecture
FREE PUBLIC LECTURE
8:00 - 9:30pm - September 28, 2011
The Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) and The Planetary Society present a 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 (video):
Moderator: Dr. Louis Friedman, Executive Director Emeritus of The Planetary Society and Co-Leader of the Keck Institute Asteroid Retrieval Mission Study.
Watch video of the panel.