NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office Statement

B612 Foundation applauds NASA’s recent announcement of the formation of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office. NASA's new planetary defense coordination office has a critical role not only in coordination but importantly in funding projects for asteroid detection and deflection. There are an estimated one million...

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Space News: Policing the (Cosmic) Neighborhood

Despite its capacity for serious harm, asteroid impact is not the largest existential threat we face right now. Climate change, resource limits, pandemics, nuclear war, societal breakdown, earthquakes and tsunamis are even more alarming. What distinguishes the asteroid threat is that mitigation is seemingly straightforward,...

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Preventing Armageddon: The Economic Hurdles Of Asteroid Defense

Josh Goldstein investigates why people will pay more money to see a movie about Asteroids than for a protection system to prevent dangerous asteroid impacts. In an interview with Ed Lu for Planet Money, on NPR's All Things Considered, Lu talks about a two-step process: first...

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We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, But Someone Has to Pay

At the Planetary Defense Conference of 2015, Newsweek investigated whether impacts from dangerous asteroids can be stopped and who was going to pay. One of the Americans who has played a central role in the development of planetary defense is B612 co-founder Rusty Schweickart. Read the Article: "We...

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Sentinel’s Mission to Find 500,000 Near-Earth Asteroids

B612 Foundation, a nonprofit planetary-defense group, as well as engineers at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., have devised a space mission, called Sentinel, that could go a long way toward finding asteroids on collision courses before they pose a danger to Earth. Sentinel’s mission is to...

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How to prevent another Chelyabinsk

After the devastation wreaked by the Chelyabinsk asteroid airburst on 15th February 2013, two questions were on everybody’s lips. One, “why didn’t we see it coming?” And two, “How can we prevent similar events in the future?” Read the Article: "How to prevent another Chelyabinsk" Astronomy Now (April 29,...

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Know thy enemy: the million space rocks we must find

[caption id="attachment_620" align="alignnone" width="705"] Image: Dan Durda/Sentinel Mission[/caption] Lord Martin Rees, UK Astronomer Royal, says it’s time to ramp up efforts to find the many smaller near-Earth objects that could unleash destruction on our planet and identifies the work of Dr. Ed Lu and the Sentinel...

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This Ex-Astronaut Is Stalking Asteroids to Save Civilization

Former Astronaut Ed Lu thinks the biggest threat to our existence is up in the air. Way up in the air. His nonprofit, the B612 Foundation, wants to set up a defense perimeter around the planet.  Read the Article: "This Ex-Astronaut Is Stalking Asteroids to Save...

Close Shave: Asteroid To Buzz Earth Next Week

A CNN special feature on the “Next List” of leaders with Ed Lu: One man’s bold quest to save the world from Asteroids – the biggest environmental project imaginable. Read the Article: "Close Shave: Asteroid To Buzz Earth Next Week" CNN (February 12, 2013) ...

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More Asteroid Strikes Are Likely, Scientists Say

[caption id="attachment_615" align="alignright" width="485"] A hole blasted through the ice of Lake Chebarkul, southwest of Chelyabinsk, Russia, by a meteorite. Credit: Eduard Kalinin[/caption] In a special interview for the NYT, Dr. Ed Lu, former NASA space shuttle astronaut who heads the B612 Foundation, says that only...