Planetary Radio • Apr 29, 2013

Kindred Spirits: Alison Gibbings and Carolyn Shoemaker at the Planetary Defense Conference

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Alison Gibbings

Laser Bees Researcher for University of Glasgow

Our special coverage of the 2013 Planetary Defense Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona continues as we visit with two conference attendees who, though they are nearly six decades apart in age, share a love of planetary science and protecting Earth from asteroids. Alison Gibbings works on the Laser Bees project at the University of Glasgow.  She, Max Vasile and others on their team are developing a non-contact technique for diverting Near Earth Asteroids that will rely on space-based, solar-powered lasers.  Their work is supported by the Planetary Society.  Carolyn Shoemaker has discovered more comets than any other living astronomer.  The group includes Shoemaker-Levy 9 that plunged into Jupiter in 1994.  Though well over 80, she was an enthusiastic and honored participant in the PDC.  You’ll also hear all our regular contributors:  Emily Lakdawalla, Bill Nye and Bruce Betts.

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