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Saving Earth: Asteroid Emergency Tabletop Exercise at the 2013 PDC

2013 Planetary Defense Conference Tabletop Exercise - Rusty Schweikart Cathy Plesko

Air Date: 05/06/2013
Run Time: 41:37

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  • Bill Ailor, Director of the Aerospace Corporation's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies
  • Lindley Johnson, Planetary Defense Officer, NASA
  • Debbie Lewis, Director, Axiom
  • Edward Lu, Chairman and CEO, B612 Foundation
  • Cathy Plesko, Applied Physics Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • Rusty Schweickart, B612 Foundation Chairman and Apollo 9 Astronaut
  • Don Yeomans, Manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office

Topics: podcasts and videos, interview, Bill Nye, Planetary Radio, planetary defense and Mirror Bees, Shoemaker NEO Grants, asteroids, comets, Earth impact hazard, meteors, near-Earth asteroids, naming things

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The last installment of our Planetary Defense Conference coverage makes a deep impact as hundreds of attendees participate in an asteroid mitigation exercise. You’ll hear from astronauts Ed Lu and Rusty Schweikart, Near Earth Object expert Don Yeomans, Cathy Plesko of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and many more.  Bruce Betts and Mat Kaplan host special guest Mike Puzio and his dad. Nine-year-old Mike’s suggestion for naming an asteroid that will be visited by a spacecraft beat 8,000 other entries. Bill Nye talks about visiting with the President at the White House Science Fair.

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