Space Agencies Coordinate Response to Killer Near Earth Objects’s Leonard David has a report on a recent meeting in Europe to coordinate an action plan to battle near Earth objects that could rain havoc down on our planet:

Space agencies around the world are working to be ready to coordinate their response to any potentially harmful asteroid headed for Earth.

To help focus a world-class planetary defense against threatening near-Earth objects, the space experts are seeking to establish a high-level Mission Planning and Operations Group, or MPOG for short.


Space Manufacturing 14 Video: Moon, Mars or Asteroids First Discussion

A video of the “Moon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?” panel discussion held during  the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Silicon Valley. Moderated by tech investor Esther Dyson, the discussion included:

  • Prof. Mike A’Hearn, University of Maryland, Dept. of Astronomy
  • Prof. Greg Baiden, Penguin Automated Systems
  • Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd
  • Prof. John Lewis, Space Studies Institute
  • Dr. Paul Spudis, Lunar and Planetary Institute
  • Jeff Greason, XCOR Aerospace.

SSI Space Manufacturing 14: Extraterrestrial Prospecting Session

Asteroid Ida

Extraterrestrial Prospecting

Michael A’Hearn, University of Maryland
“Water or Rocks: Resources for Earth or for Exploration?”

Brad Blair, SSI, and Prof. Leslie Gertsch, University of Missouri-Rolla
“Mining Methods for Asteroid Utilization”

Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd.

“Mining Concepts Development for Assessing Asteroid Resources”

Dr. Faith Vilas, University of Arizona
“Resources from Asteroids: What We Can Expect From What We Now Know”

A Closer Look at Asteroids….

Discovery Space has a special section on asteroids this week with a number of interesting articles:

  • News: Incoming Asteroid Under Close Watch
    Asteroid Apophis is set to swing by Earth 20 years from today, on Friday April 13, 2029. Are we ready? Discovery News reports.
  • Top 10: Asteroid-Stopping Technologies
    Can nuking an asteroid — or simply painting one — really save planet Earth? investigates.
  • Interview: Protecting Earth from Asteroids
    Former astronaut and anti-asteroid advocate Rusty Schweickart spills the beans on an incoming space rock’s most unpredictable factor: humanity itself.
  • Slide Show: Asteroids & Near-Earth Objects
    Get up-close-and-personal with our 10 favorite space rocks floating around in the solar system, some of which may impact Earth.
  • Video: Ancient Tsunami Caused by Asteroid
    An asteroid likely sent an ancient tsunami barrelling toward what is now known as New York City. Jorge Ribas explains.

Conference to Examine NEO Risks and Opportunities

Near-Earth Objects: Risks, Responses and Opportunities
– Legal Aspects
Space & Telecom Law
April 23-24, 2009
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Rusty Schweickart will help lead a two-day conference later this month on the subject of near Earth objects sponsored by the University of Nebraska College of Law. The college is hosting the conference in conjunction with the Association of Space Explorers with Co-Sponsorship of the Secure World Foundation and Supported by the American Branch of the International Law Association.