NASA Reschedules Asteroid Initiative Workshop for Late November

This conceptual image shows NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaching the robotic asteroid capture vehicle. The trip from Earth to the captured asteroid will take Orion and its two-person crew an estimated nine days. (Credit: NASA)
This conceptual image shows NASA’s Orion spacecraft approaching the robotic asteroid capture vehicle. The trip from Earth to the captured asteroid will take Orion and its two-person crew an estimated nine days. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected new dates to resume the Asteroid Initiative Idea Synthesis Workshop, which was postponed due to the recent government shutdown. The new workshop dates are November 20-22, 2013.

We look forward to resuming the workshop and continuing to examine the many good ideas that were submitted in response to the Asteroid Initiative Request for Information in June.

As before, the workshop will be conducted at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston. Seating capacity is limited, so the invitation list to attend onsite will remain restricted. Virtual participation options will again be available, and we will provide those options on the workshop web page as the event nears: www.nasa.gov/asteroidworkshop.

Invitations to the same invited RFI responders and presenters will be issued starting Monday, Oct. 28.

The program outline follows (all times CST):

Wednesday, November 20

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Workshop Kickoff & Recap of Day 1 (Sept. 30)

Thursday, November 21

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Partnerships & Participatory Engagement
Asteroid Capture Systems

1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Crew Systems for Asteroid Exploration
Grand Challenge — Crowd Sourcing & Citizen Science
Asteroid Deflection Demonstrations

7:30 p.m.
Public Event: The Lunar and Planetary Institute Cosmic Exploration Speaker Series with Dr. David Kring: The 2013 Chelyabinsk Air Burst and the Hazards of Near-Earth Asteroid Impacts.

Friday, November 22

8 – 10 a.m.
Open discussions on synthesis sessions
Grand Challenge — Next Generation Engagement

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Plenary — Summary of Synthesis Sessions