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Cosmic Roulette on 60 Minutes – Now Let’s Talk About How We Solve the Problem!
“The only global scale natural disaster we know how to prevent…”
Today, a 1.7 mile wide asteroid, 1998 QE2, will fly past the Earth at a distance of 3.6 million miles. If this asteroid were to hit the Earth (don’t worry, it won’t this time), it would be the end of human civilization. Think about that. Not only would it kill billions of people, but it would take […]Read more
Ed Lu’s Message: Our Cosmic Challenge
The B612 Foundation believes we should find threatening asteroids before they find us. Today’s meteor explosion over Chelyabinsk is a wake-up call that the Earth orbits the Sun in a shooting gallery of asteroids, and that these asteroids sometimes hit the Earth. Later today, a separate and larger asteroid, 2012 DA14, narrowly missed the Earth […]Read more
DA14: A Wake Up Call from Space
On February 15th, the people of planet Earth will receive a wake-up call from our Solar System. Asteroid 2012 DA14, discovered just 1 year ago, will narrowly miss hitting the Earth by only 17 thousand miles. That is about the distance the Earth travels in just 15 minutes, so this truly is a close shave. […]Read more
Prototype Sensors – B612's Next Contract with Ball Aerospace
A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you the great news that our all-star Sentinel Standing Review Team (SSRT) had carefully reviewed our technical and management plans and found that we are on track towards a successful mission. However, one of the main recommendations was that before we sign a comprehensive contract with Ball […]Read more
A treasure-trove of objects for astronomers to study
Astronomers are searching for and finding Near Earth Asteroids nearly every day. Recently, some of the new discoveries have been ones that will (or have already!) come close to the Earth. These include asteroids with provisional names 2012 TC4, 2012 TV, and 2012 DA14. See the complete list of close-approaching asteroids HERE. When […]Read more
Yes This Is Rocket Science!
The Sentinel Special Review Team at the Program Concept and Implementation Review (Sept. 13, 2012 in Boulder CO) The process of building, launching and operating the Sentinel Mission is in fact “rocket science”. And because the mission of Sentinel to find threatening asteroids before they find us is so important, we realized it was crucial […]Read more
Private citizens worldwide can make a difference in space exploration
The B612 Foundation is pushing the limits of private sector space exploration. Our Mission Architect, Scott Hubbard, has an excellent commentary on this trend in the latest issue of Space News. The really revolutionary aspect of this trend is that private citizens worldwide can make a difference in space exploration by supporting projects of their […]Read more
Lots of Progress !
Our B612 Foundation technical team spent some time this week visiting our spacecraft contractor, Ball Aerospace (www.ballaerospace.com). This was a chance for John Troeltszch (http://www.ballaerospace.com/page.jsp?page=187) and his team to brief us on their progress. Engineering work continues, with updates to the computer and data handling systems, mechanical structures, and infrared detectors. Changes like this are typical […]Read more
Incoming! Astronomical Show Tonight
This years annual Perseid Meteor Shower promises to be a good one. Every year on August 11, 12, and 13 the Earth passes through a trail of debris that follows the orbit of Comet Swift-Tuttle. The small bits of debris shed by the comet follow a fixed racetrack pattern around the Sun. The Earth […]Read more