Planetary Radio • May 07, 2013

Saving Earth: Asteroid Emergency Tabletop Exercise at the 2013 PDC

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Bill Ailor

Aerospace Fellow and former Director of the Aerospace Corporation's Center for Orbital and Reentry Debris Studies

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Lindley Johnson

Planetary Defense Officer for NASA

Debbie Lewis

Director for Axiom

Edward Lu

Chairman and CEO for B612 Foundation

Cathy Plesko

Applied Physics Research Scientist for Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Rusty Schweickart

B612 Foundation Chairman and Apollo 9 Astronaut

Don Yeomans

Manager of NASA's Near Earth Object Program Office

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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