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Bruce BettsMay 5, 2014

Asteroid Workshop Streamed Public Lectures This Week

In Scotland this week, there is an asteroid threat and space debris workshop that Planetary Society support helped lead to. That workshop will include two public lectures you can tune into live.

As stated by Massilimiano Vasile, the project leader for The Planetary Society sponsored Laser Bees asteroid deflection project, “The results coming from the work supported by the Planetary Society allowed us to initiate a large 4 year programme of research supported by the European Commission called Stardust. The overriding goal of Stardust is to train researchers to develop and master techniques for asteroid and space debris monitoring, removal/deflection and exploitation such that they can be applied in a real scenario.”

Stardust will be hosting the 1st Stardust Global Virtual Workshop this week from May 6-9 at Vasile’s home institution, the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. There are two public lectures that you can watch live into if you are interested:

Tuesday 6th May 2014,19:00 UK time (18:00 UT, 11:00 PDT) "Avoiding the Fate of the Dinosaurs - the asteroid hazard after Chelyabinsk: new solutions for an old problem" by Dr Ettore Perozzi, DEIMOS Space SLU, Spain (this talk will be streamed live via the Stardust Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SF86DIkFrsc)

Thursday 8th May 2014, 19:00 UK time (18:00 UT, 11:00 PDT), "Looking Towards The Galactic Frontier" by Dr Liz Williams, science fiction writer, UK (this talk will be streamed live via the Stardust Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Alvui5Xli0)

Laser Bees Spacecraft Concept

Laser Bees Spacecraft Concept
Artist’s conception of Laser Bees spacecraft swarming around a dangerous asteroid (or in this case, it uses an actual image from Deep Impact of Comet Tempel 1 to represent the threatening object).

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Bruce Betts

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