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B612’s Progress Report Vol. 2: Engaging the World in Planetary Defense

  This year has been a year of change, new discoveries, and growth. The support of our donors around the world and the planetary defense community has allowed B612 to be at the forefront of efforts to prevent major asteroid impacts. That is why we...
10.25.2016
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An Important Day – Chelyabinsk 4 years later

Today marks the four-year anniversary of the Chelyabinsk asteroid airburst. You probably recall watching the dash cam video footage of the fireball exploding over the city, which took everyone by surprise. This particular asteroid was only 17-20 meters in diameter, or about 55-65 feet. For…

02.14.2017
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B612 Response to National Science and Technology Council report and NASA Discovery Mission selection

Last week brought both good and bad news for the field of planetary defense and the worldwide effort to protect the Earth from large and dangerous asteroid impacts. The good news is that the “National Near Earth Object Preparedness Strategy” report from the White House...
01.10.2017
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B612 is hiring Fellow for Computational Astrodynamics Group

B612 is a nonprofit institution dedicated to protecting the Earth from major asteroid impacts. Position Summary: B612 is hiring a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on orbital dynamics problems related to Planetary Defense from asteroid impacts on Earth. The fellow is expected to conduct original research...
11.21.2016
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B612 co-sponsors the first Near-Earth Object Modeling Workshop

On October 3rd and 4th, B612 co-sponsored a Near-Earth Object (NEO) workshop at the University of Washington in Seattle. The workshop is the first time that members of B612’s technical team, researchers and scientists from the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), NEO researchers from NASA,…

11.17.2016
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B612 OpEd in Space News

B612 published an OpEd in Space News discussing the milestone reached with NEOCam and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) potentially able to track 90 percent of asteroids larger than 140 meters and declaring our support for NEOCam’s construction. The full text is below: There…

10.25.2016
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Asteroid Day at California Academy of Sciences

On June 30th, B612, Asteroid Day, and California Academy of Sciences teamed up for one of the world’s premier Asteroid Day events that featured a day of speakers and a night of asteroid-themed NightLife and adventures! The highlights of the day included presentations from renowned…

07.27.2016
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B612 and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope

In the past year, you may have heard the B612 team mention the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, commonly known as LSST. However, you may not know the details about why LSST will make such a big contribution to Planetary Defense. In brief, LSST is a…

06.21.2016
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Asteroid Crater on Earth

Asteroid crater on Earth from Spine Films on Vimeo.  

04.15.2016
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Support from around the world

We are always surprised by the talent and enthusiasm that our supporters have for B612’s mission.  Case and point, digital artist and B612 supporter Lars Richter created this video highlighting the need for increased asteroid discovery.  He along with thousand of other people around the…

04.12.2016
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Tracking killer asteroids

In December 2004, astronomers in Arizona discovered an asteroid the size of a cruise ship that appeared to be on a collision course with Earth. Initial observations of the space rock, known as Apophis, suggested that it had a very good chance of striking our…

03.25.2016
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Changing the Course of the Solar System | Ed Lu

Ed Lu is an explorer whose quest is to map the unknown—whether by surveying the oceans at Liquid Robotics, leading Google Advanced Projects Team to map our neighborhoods, or his current work unveiling the secrets of the inner solar system with the Sentinel Mission. Ed…

02.15.2016
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Asteroids In The Solar System | Scott Manley

Scott Manley is the Astronogamer – a rare fusion of gaming and science in one powerful combination. Able to deliver astonishing scientific facts while flying, or crashing digital simulations of spacecraft. He earned his degree in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Glasgow and…

02.15.2016
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Hunting for Asteroids From Space | John Troeltzsch

John Troeltzsch is the Kepler mission program manager for Ball Aerospace. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1983 and was immediately hired by Ball Aerospace. While working at Ball, he continued his studies at C.U. and…

02.15.2016
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Finding Asteroids In Your Backyard | Peter Jenniskens

Dr. Peter Jenniskens is an expert on meteor showers and author of Meteor Showers and their Parent Comets, a 790 page book containing predictions on what unusual meteor showers to expect in the next 50 years. Peter is best known for his recovery of fragments…

02.15.2016
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Ryan Wyatt’s talk at Asteroid Day 2015 in San Francisco

As Director of Morrison Planetarium, Ryan oversees the largest all-digital full dome planetarium in the world that uses real data and revolutionary technologies to transform the way Earth-bound audiences experience the universe. After earning an undergraduate degree in Astronomy from Cornell University and studying for…

02.15.2016
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Asteroids: You Rock! | Seth Shostak

Dr. Seth Shostak is the Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research at the the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California. Inspired by a book about the solar system he read at the age of ten, he began his career with a…

02.15.2016
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Clark Chapman on the difference between asteroids and comets

Clark Chapman is a planetary scientist whose research has specialized in studies of asteroids and cratering of planetary surfaces, using telescopes, spacecraft, and computers. He is a past Chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) of the American Astronomical Society and was the first…

02.15.2016
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David Liddle: “We can protect Earth from asteroid Impacts”

Since 2000, David Liddle has been a partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm. He has served as CEO of Interval Research and of Metaphor, which he founded, and as a Vice President at Xerox and at IBM. He has served…

02.15.2016
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John Troeltzsch Interview: finding Near-Earth Objects

John Troeltzsch is the Kepler mission program manager for Ball Aerospace. He received his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1983 and was immediately hired by Ball Aerospace. While working at Ball, he continued his studies at C.U. and…

02.15.2016
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Interview with Anousheh Ansari | Asteroid Day 2015

On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She also earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. She blasted off for an…

02.15.2016
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Should We Fear Asteroids? | David Morrison

David Morrison is the Senior Scientist of the new Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI), located in the NASA Research Park at Ames Research Center. The Lunar Science Institute will link competitively-selected science teams across the nation working together to help lead the agency’s…

02.15.2016
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Hunting for Asteroids with LSST | Željko Ivezić

Željko Ivezić is a professor of astronomy at the University of Washington and the Project Scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST, www.lsst.org). He obtained his undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 1990 and 1991, and…

02.15.2016
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Interview with Steve Jurvetson, Asteroid Day San Francisco 2015

Steve Jurvetson is a partner at DFJ. His current board responsibilities include SpaceX, Synthetic Genomics, and Tesla Motors (TSLA). He  was the founding VC investor in Hotmail, Interwoven (IWOV), Kana (KANA), and NeoPhotonics (NPTN). He also led DFJ’s investments in other companies that were acquired…

02.15.2016
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Chelyabinsk: 3 Years Later

Today marks the three-year anniversary of the Chelyabinsk asteroid airburst. You probably recall watching the dash cam video footage of the fireball exploding over the city. The asteroid was only 17-20 meters in diameter. For reference, the asteroid that flattened 2,000 sq km of forest…

02.15.2016
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Meteorites and Impact Craters | Geoff Notkin

Described by the media as “one of the rock stars of science,” Geoff Notkin hosts Science Channel’s award-winning adventure series Meteorite Men and the Emmy Award-winning STEM Journals. He is also an internationally recognized authority on meteorites, an award-winning author and photographer, a musician, world…

01.28.2016
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What is Planetary Defense? | Rusty Schweickart

Rusty, an Apollo 9 astronaut, was the first Lunar Module Pilot on the mission. He co-founded B612 with Ed Lu, and served as its chairman until 2011. He is the founder of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and served as president of ASE-USA. He…

01.28.2016
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Asteroids In Video Games | Scott Manley

Scott Manley is the Astronogamer – a rare fusion of gaming and science in one powerful combination. Able to deliver astonishing scientific facts while flying, or crashing digital simulations of spacecraft. He earned his degree in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Glasgow and…

01.28.2016
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Geoff Notkin, David Brin, Scott Manley, Squad and YOU!

The B612 team would like to thank everyone who helped support our end-of-year fundraising campaign!   We received gifts from people from over 20 countries around the world, showing the true global reach of this dedicated community of asteroid hunters. We also want to extend…

01.21.2016
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B612 Interview with Ruth Sears

Written by Hillary Aiken “I am supporting B612 on behalf of my grandfather, Howard Sears: in honor of his encouraging us to search for knowledge, and to work to improve the lives of others.” Ruth Sears With supporters from across the globe, we have the…

01.21.2016
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Our response to the NASA Planetary Defense Office

We have good news to report. The field of Planetary Defense has taken a step forward with the announcement of the formation of the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO) within NASA. This new office was created in response to the highly critical report by the…

01.20.2016
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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…

01.12.2016
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B612’s Progress Report Vol. 1: Engaging the World in Planetary Defense

2015 saw tremendous advances in B612’s education, advocacy, science and technology efforts. This year, our Sentinel technical team discovered new optimizations of Sentinel’s capabilities (see Lunar Planetary Conference), and we continue to believe that Sentinel is the best technical solution to the asteroid discovery problem….

09.25.2015
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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,…

09.15.2015
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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:…

08.20.2015
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Asteroid Day Recap Webinar with Rusty Schweickart

Asteroid Day Expert Panelist, B612 Chair Emeritus and Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart at the California Academy of Sciences on June 30, 2015. Photo by Donald Kinney.     Rusty Schweickart, in conversation with B612 Foundation COO Danica Remy, talks about the recent Asteroid Day…

07.17.2015
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Asteroids 101: What are Asteroids and Where Are They?

Rusty Schweickart is an American aeronautical engineer, and a former NASA Apollo 9 astronaut, research scientist, U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, as well as a former business executive and government executive. In this talk, Rusty talks all things asteroids. — Asteroid Day, June 30th 2015…

06.30.2015
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Asteroid Day Panel Discussion at Science Museum in London

On Asteroid Day (June 30th, 2015) the Science Museum in London hosted the premiere of the feature film 51º NORTH which was followed by a Science Panel featuring: Sir Crispin Tickell, Debbie Lewis, Prof Richard Crowther, Lord Martin Rees, Dr. Stuart Clark, Dr. Brian May,…

06.30.2015
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The History of B612 Foundation

  B612 Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to planetary defense from asteroids. Founded in 2002, in our first decade, we worked to find technical solutions for asteroid deflection, assuming the necessary first step of discovering and tracking threatening asteroids would be managed by…

06.15.2015
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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…

06.11.2015
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The Nominal Sentinel Orbit

The Sentinel orbit is a long way from Earth, so it won’t observe the same objects that ground-based telescopes are looking at. But it will find objects that are a large distance from Earth. The Nominal Sentinel Orbit is the Sentinel orbit, which is at…

05.28.2015
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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…

04.29.2015
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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…

04.29.2015
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Lunar Planetary Conference: Sentinel Mission Performance for Surveying NEO Population

Recently, Dr. Harold Reitsema presented about the capabilities of the Sentinel Space Telescope at the Lunar Planetary Conference in Woodland, Texas, and the Planetary Defense Conference in Frascati, Italy. This poster explains in great detail our most recent findings. The data is summarized in future…

04.25.2015
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Interview with Grig Richters, Co-Founder of Asteroid Day

We interviewed filmmaker Grig Richters for our September 2014 newsletter on his upcoming asteroid film, 51 Degrees North. The film’s story centers on a filmmaker who captures the last moments of life on Earth before it collides with an asteroid. Since our interview with Grig…

04.13.2015
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Abstract describing the the technical performance of Sentinel presented at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science.

Analysis of Sentinel performance shows it is even more effective at finding Tunguska sized impacting asteroids than previously thought.

03.01.2015
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Meet Founding Circle Member Steve Jurvetson

Steve Jurvetson’s Biography   Bio: Steve Jurvetson is a Partner at DFJ. The SF Chronicle and SF Examiner recognized Steve as one of “ten people expected to have the greatest impact on the Bay Area in the early part of the 21st Century.” Steve was…

02.06.2015
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An Interview with B612 Supporter Bob Trembley

Each month we introduce you to a citizen-supporter of the Sentinel Mission. This month, it’s our pleasure to introduce you to Bob Trembley. Bob Trembley’s Bio: I have been an amateur astronomer my entire life. I graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1983 with a…

02.06.2015
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Meet the Team: Dr. Scott Hubbard

Dr. Hubbard’s Bio:   Scott is a Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University where he focuses on planetary exploration, especially Mars and also serves as the Director of the Stanford Center of Excellence for Commercial Space Transportation. He has been engaged in space-related…

02.05.2015
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Why one former astronaut is trying to save the world from asteroids

“Yesterday, an article released on NASA’s website reported a 500 meter-wide asteroid passed within 745,000 miles of Earth. As far as we know, another rock of this size won’t pass that closely again until 2027. But we don’t know that for sure.” Vox takes a look at…

01.27.2015
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Pathways to Flying the Sentinel Mission—SODA, anyone?

By Dr. Marc Buie, Sentinel Mission Scientist It may not be completely obvious but flying a successful space mission takes a lot of work. Space is a hostile and difficult to access region. A spacecraft must be carefully designed to do the work desired and…

01.09.2015
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A Conversation with Founding Circle Members Suzanna Mak and Asa Denton

Biographies of Suzanna Mak and Asa Denton:   Suzanna Mak is an experienced deputy district attorney, entrepreneur, and software executive. She loves dark chocolate, Downton Abbey and teasing her husband about his country of origin’s world-renowned space program. Asa Denton, from England, has worked in London, Hong…

01.08.2015
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Meet the Team: Dr. Marc Buie

Dr. Marc Buie’s Biography:   Marc has worked with world-class telescopes around the globe, from portable telescopes in remote locations to space-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) at the Space Telescope Science Institute. He has studied smaller bodies in the solar system, from…

01.04.2015
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Meet the Team: Dr. Harold Reitsema

  Harold Reitsema’s Bio: Harold is a planetary astronomer with more than 30 years experience specializing in the design and building of interplanetary spacecraft and astronomical imaging detectors. During his tenure at Ball Aerospace, he led design teams for Hubble Space Telescope, was the principal…

12.04.2014
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Q & A with Brian May

  Brian May’s Biography: A world-renowned guitarist, songwriter, producer and performer and founding member of Queen—Brian is truly a legend in his own time. He penned 22 of Queen’s top hits, including “We Will Rock You,” today the most-played song at American sporting events and…

12.04.2014
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Know thy enemy: the million space rocks we must find

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 Mission to detect and deflect Earth-bound asteroids….

12.03.2014
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Donor Profile: The Jamesons

This month, we’re pleased to highlight father-and-son Founding Circle members James and Justin Jameson. James & Justin Jameson’s Bio:   James is Chairman and/or major shareholder of companies in aerospace, agriculture, publishing, book distribution and real estate. These companies include Glenair, Inc., LIDCO, Inc., the…

12.02.2014
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Meet the Team: John Troelzsch

Biography of John Troelzsch, Sentinel Program Manager:   As the Sentinel Program Manager, John leads the team of experts at Ball Aerospace that will create and operate the Sentinel Mission. His program management, systems engineering and software experience spans all phases of space missions from…

11.07.2014
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B612 Official Statement to NASA Following Canceled Space Agreement Act

The goal of the B612 Foundation is to protect the Earth from Asteroid impacts. We remain strongly committed to achieving this goal. Asteroids like the one that struck in Tunguska in 1908 (45 meters) are large enough to cause enormous damage and loss of life. We…

10.01.2014
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51 Degrees North: Interview with Director Grigorij Richters

Life before the Apocalypse at 51˚ North ‘This is a very different kind of disaster movie. No Bruce Willis here, to save life on Earth from extinction. This is a movie to change perspectives – and now that we realise the high probability of such…

09.30.2014
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NASAWatch.com Offers a Critique on NASA’s Cancellation of Space Act Agreement

Keith Cowing, Blogger for NASAWatch.com shares his opinion of NASA’s recent decision to terminate the Space Act Agreement with the B612 Foundation. Read the Article: NASA Terminates Space Act Agreement with B612 Foundation for Sentinel Spacecraft

09.30.2014
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Rusty’s Talk: Dinosaur Syndrome Avoidance Project – How Gozit?

On July 17, Sentinel Mission co-founder Rusty Schweickart gave a review of the status of the global efforts to protect life on the planet from the devastation of large asteroid impacts and about our prospects of avoiding the same fate as the dinosaurs. He spoke…

07.17.2014
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Ed Lu’s Public Presentation at the Museum of Flight

  Ed Lu’s public presentation at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Earth Day, April 22, 2014.

06.17.2014
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How Sentinel Will Work

  Ball Aerospace’s video gives a great overview of the Sentinel Mission, including interviews with Dr. Ed Lu, Rusty Schweickart, Dr. Scott Hubbard and Ball’s Program Manager John Troeltzsch.

06.04.2014
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CBS This Morning with Michio Kaku

Please click on the image above to watch the video on the CBS website. From 2000 to 2013, the B612 Foundation says 26 meteorites packing the punch of an atomic bomb exploded on Earth. They all landed far from humans. The group’s findings make one realize meteor…

05.28.2014
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Asteroid Crater on Earth

Asteroid crater on Earth from Spine Films on Vimeo.
04.29.2014
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Asteroid Fly-by 1

Asteroid fly-by 1 from Spine Films on Vimeo.
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Asteroid Fly-by 2

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Asteroid Fly-by 3

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Asteroid Fly-by 4

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Asteroid Impact 2

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Asteroid Impact 3

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04.28.2014
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NBC Nightly News

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04.24.2014
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Big Bangs: Asteroids Strike Earth More Often Than We Think

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden told members of Congress that if an asteroid the size that could wipe out any major city were headed to Earth today, all we could do is “pray.” Ed Lu testifies about the B612 Sentinel Mission solution to protect Earth for…

04.22.2014
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B612 Impact Video

  B612 Impact Video 4-20-14 H264 from Spine Films on Vimeo. Watch Translations of the video in Spanish or Cantonese. Between 2000 and 2013, a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations detected 26 explosions on Earth ranging in…

04.20.2014
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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…

04.10.2014
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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)

03.20.2014
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PBS News | Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday?

The asteroid that exploded over Siberia—injuring more than 1,000 and damaging buildings in six cities—was a shocking reminder that Earth is a target in a cosmic shooting range. From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, these space rocks…

11.20.2013
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More Asteroid Strikes Are Likely, Scientists Say

In a special interview for the NYT, Dr. Ed Lu, former NASA space shuttle astronaut who heads the B612 Foundation, says that only 10-20 percent of Near Earth Asteroids have been found and only .05 percent of smaller asteroids, roughly the size of the Tunguska…

11.06.2013
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Defending Earth from Asteroids with Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Exploding Asteroid Threat WATCH LIVE: Defending Earth From Asteroids On October 25, 2013, a panel of astronauts and cosmonauts discussed the asteroid threat and what we can do to prevent impacts and injury. Moderated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, this panel was hosted by the American…

10.27.2013
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What If Earth Was Threatened by An Asteroid Strike? Astronaut Panel Brings Up Ideas To Search, Deflect These Threats

    “If we get hit 20 years from now, that’s not bad luck. That’s stupidity.” That’s what former NASA astronaut Ed Lu had to say about asteroids and our efforts to search for them, at a panel discussion today at New York’s American Museum…

10.25.2013
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Cosmic Roulette: Ed Lu on 60 Minutes

A note from Ed:   I wanted to give a big thank you to 60 Minutes for highlighting the need to find and track asteroids. Everyone here at the B612 Foundation is grateful to have had this national attention, and the opportunity to explain our work to millions of…

10.06.2013
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Changing the course of the solar system @ TEDxMarin

  Changing the course of the solar system: Dr. Ed Lu at TEDxMarin

09.05.2013
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Dr. Ed Lu’s Congressional Testimony

  On March 21, 2013, Dr. Ed Lu spoke at a Senate subcommittee (U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation) hearing convened to discuss space-borne threats to human civilization.

09.05.2013
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Ed Lu on CNN’s The Next List

Editors Note: Ed Lu is a former NASA astronaut and current CEO of the B612 Foundation. His goal is to build a space telescope that will detect possibly cataclysmic asteroids headed for Earth. Watch more about Ed Lu’s incredible mission this Sunday 2:30 P.M. E.T. (all-new…

09.05.2013
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Out Front with Erin Burnett, CNN

    CNN’s Erin Burnett interviews Ed Lu, February 15, 2013 Can we stop an incoming asteroid? OutFront with more information on our planet’s twin asteroid scares today is Ed Lu, a former astronaut who has logged over 200 days in space and now spends…

09.05.2013
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Dr Ed Lu on Newsmakers on ABC, Yahoo! News

    “‘Playing Roulette with the Earth,” Newsmakers on ABC News, Yahoo! News, February 14, 2013 Ed Lu, who has spent seven months of his life in space, can sometimes sound nonchalant about it. But he’s really not. “Yes, they managed to kick me off…

09.05.2013
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Spaceship Earth

  B-roll footage with selected quotes from B612 Chair Emeritus and Co-founder Rusty Schweickart, CEO Dr. Ed Lu, and Program Architect Dr. Scott Hubbard.

09.05.2013
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Meteor Crater Simulation

  This is a snippet taken from a video project being produced by our friends at Meteor Crater in Arizona. We’re sorry, but to see the entire video, you’ll have to visit the crater itself 🙂

09.05.2013
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The Danger of Asteroids

  B-roll footage with selected quotes from B612 Chair Emeritus and Co-founder Rusty Schweickart, CEO Dr. Ed Lu, and Mission Director Dr. Harold Reitsema.

09.05.2013
B-Roll

B612 Foundation on ABC’s Nightline

  B612 Foundation on ABC’s Nightline

09.05.2013
Video

B612 Foundation on ABC World News

  B612 Foundation on ABC World News, February 13, 2013.  

09.05.2013
B-Roll

Ed Lu on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin

  Ed Lu on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, February 15, 2013  

09.05.2013
B-Roll

Unmapped Neighborhood

    B-roll footage with selected quotes from CEO Dr. Ed Lu, Mission Director Dr. Howard Reitsema, and Mission Scientist Dr. Marc Buie.  

09.05.2013
B-Roll

How the Telescope Works

    B-roll footage with selected quotes from Sentinel Program Manager John Troeltzsch, CEO Dr. Ed Lu, and Mission Director Dr. Howard Reitsema.

09.05.2013
B-Roll

Sentinel’s Goals

    B-roll footage with selected quotes from B612 Chair Emeritus and Co-founder Rusty Schweickart, CEO Dr. Ed Lu, and Program Manager Dr. Howard Reitsema.  

09.05.2013
B-Roll

Privatizing Space Exploration

  B-roll footage with selected quotes from Program Architect Dr. Scott Hubbard and Mission Scientist Dr. Marc Buie.

09.05.2013
B-Roll

Dick Bingham Comments

    Comments from B612 Strategic Advisor Dick Bingham, Former Chairman of the California Academy of Sciences and President, American Industrial Partners.

09.05.2013
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Gravity Tractor

  B-roll footage with gravity tractor simulation.

09.05.2013
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Kinetic Impactor

B-roll footage with kinetic impactor simulation.

09.05.2013
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Asteroids in Our Solar System

B-roll simulation of estimated inner solar system asteroids in orbit around the Sun.

09.05.2013
B-Roll

B612 Sentinel Space Telescope

  B-roll simulation of the Sentinel Space Telescope as it orbits around the sun, including conceptual orbits of inner solar system asteroids.

09.05.2013
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Mission Overview

  B-roll footage with selected quotes from Sentinel Program Manager John Troeltzsch, Mission Scientist Dr. Marc Buie, and Mission Director Dr. Howard Reitsema.

09.05.2013
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SETI Talks: Sentinel B612 Telescope

    SETI Talks: Sentinel B612 Telescope

09.04.2013
Technical Papers
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The B612 Sentinel Space Telescope

The B612 Foundation is building, launching, and operating a solar orbiting
infrared space telescope called Sentinel to find and track asteroids
that could impact Earth. Sentinel will be launched in 2018, and
during the first 6.5 years of operation, it will discover and track the
orbits of more than 90 percent of the population of near-Earth objects
(NEOs) larger than 140 m, and a large fraction of those bigger than the
asteroid that struck Tunguska (*45 m).

04.26.2013
Interview

FAQ on the Chelyabinsk Asteroid Impact

We have received a tremendous amount of inquires on the Chelyabinsk event last Friday. Board member Clark Chapman and CEO Ed Lu put together this FAQ for our community. As the world had two cosmic events in one day, we’re doing our best to bring you…

02.18.2013
News
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Vindication for Entrepreneurs Watching Sky: Yes it Can Fall

A group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who helped build thriving companies have put millions of dollars into the effort of asteroid defense and Ed Lu’s B612 Foundation is one. “Wouldn’t it be silly if we got wiped out because we weren’t looking?” said Edward Lu,…

02.17.2013
News

A Warning From the Asteroid Hunters

The likelihood in this century of an asteroid impact with 700 times the destructive power of the Hiroshima A-bomb: 30%.   Dr. Ed Lu, Co-Founder and CEO of the B612 Foundation, and Lord Martin Rees, UK Astronomer Royal, outline the dangers of asteroids, but also…

02.13.2013
News
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Asteroid Watch

An in-depth story about the threat of asteroids and the goals of the B612 Foundation to protect humanity and all that we cherish here on Earth. Read the Article: “Asteroid Watch” Smithsonian AIR & SPACE Magazine (January 2013)

01.22.2013
Video
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TEDxMarin Talk with Dr. Ed Lu: Changing the Course of the Solar System

A NASA Astronaut — with a compelling new mission to change the course of the solar system. Dr. Lu served as a NASA Astronaut for 12 years. He flew the Space Shuttle twice, the Russian Soyuz, and a 6-month tour on the International Space Station….

11.02.2012
News

Ball Aerospace & B612 Foundation Sign Contract for Sentinel Mission

BOULDER, Colo., Oct. 30, 2012 Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. and the non-profit B612 Foundation have signed a contract for Ball to create prototype infrared imaging sensors for the Sentinel Mission, a deep space mission to protect Earth by providing early warning of threatening asteroids….

10.30.2012
News

B612 Foundation Receives New Funding and Strategic Support from Prominent Leaders in Business, Entertainment, Science, and Technology

MOMENTUM GROWS FOR FIRST PRIVATE DEEP SPACE MISSION TO MAP THE INNER SOLAR SYSTEM AND TRACK ASTEROIDS POSING THREATS TO EARTH MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (September 19 2012) The world’s first privately funded deep space mission – SENTINEL – received major support this week from prominent…

09.19.2012
Video
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Scott Manley Asteroid Discovery Time Lapse Video Spanning from 1980-2012

  Featured on Scott Manley’s popular YouTube Channel: “The latest update to the asteroid discovery video, now at UHDTV resolutions and with a voiceover explaining what’s going on. Thanks to the Lowell Observatory and Minor Planet Center for supplying the data used to create this.” Scott…

09.06.2012
News
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Rock On

ASTEROID strikes are the ultimate in low-probability, high-impact events. NASA may soon have help—or competition—from the private non-profit B612 Foundation building the Sentinel spacecraft. And Sentinel, if it flies, won’t cost taxpayers a penny.   Read the Article: “Rock On” The Economist (July 7, 2012)

07.07.2012
News

The B612 Foundation Announces the First Privately Funded Deep Space Mission

San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2012   In a press conference at the California Academy of Sciences Thursday morning, the B612 Foundation unveiled its plans to build, launch, and operate the first privately funded deep space mission – SENTINEL – a space telescope to be…

06.28.2012
News
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Asteroid Hunter to Be First Private Deep-Space Mission?

How the Sentinel (Asteroid Hunter) Mission will be the perfect storm in the first private deep space mission.There’s no doubt about it that a properly designed, space-based observatory could rapidly find most of the near-Earth objects that could represent a potential threat to the Earth.”…

06.28.2012
News
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Non-Profit Steps Up to Fill Killer-Asteroid Monitoring Gap

To combat a space-based threat, try a space-based solution. Non-profit B612 Foundation steps up to fill the killer-asteroid monitoring gap. Read the Article: “Non-Profit Steps Up to Fill Killer-Asteroid Monitoring Gap” WIRED (June 28, 2012)    

06.28.2012
News

B612 Foundation announces Sentinel Mission

Sentinel Mission is announced – a privately financed infrared space telescope for detecting asteroids

06.01.2012
Video

Carl Sagan: Pale Blue Dot

Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Music: “Overture From Tannhauser” by London Symphony Orchestra With Wyn Morris (AmazonMP3 • iTunes)

02.04.2011
Scientific Research

NASA Advisory Council Report on Planetary Defense

NASA Advisory Council Task Force on Planetary Defense found that the most effective way to map asteroid threats and meet goals of the George E. Brown Act is with an infrared telescope in a venus-like solar orbit.

10.06.2010
News

B612 Congressional testimony responding to NASA’s NEO Report

The long anticipated Congressional hearing on NASA’s NEO Report to Congress was held. NASA’s stated position on many controversial elements of its Report were substantially moderated in comparison to the plain reading of its Report, there is as yet no indication that NASA will either…

11.08.2007
Policy

B612 Response to NASA’s 2007 NEO Report to Congress Stirs Controversy

B612 responds to NASA NEO report to Congress and points out technical flaws. NASA’s NEO report to Congress stirred considerable controversy due to both its rejection of Congress’s request for a recommended program to support the new Spaceguard Survey goal and its technically flawed deflection…

05.01.2007
Policy

NASA 2007 Near-Earth Object Survey and Deflection Study, Final Report

NASA report to Congress on asteroid surveys and deflection stirred considerable controversy because it chose not to recommend a program to support the George E Brown survey goal and because of its technically flawed deflection analysis.

03.01.2007
Policy

B612 Presents Findings on Near-Earth Object Detection at NASA NEO Workshop in Vail CO, June 26-28, 2006

White papers and presentations submitted by B612 members to update Congress on progress detecting asteroids larger than 140 meters. These findings were presented at NASA NEO Workshop held in Vail CO, June 26-28, 2006 in response to the congressional requirement for an initial report on…

06.01.2006
News
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Gravitational Tractor for Towing Asteroids published in Nature, Nov. 2005

Proposed use of a Gravity Tractor for controllably towing asteroids by Ed Lu and Stan Love.  Nature magazine, Vol. 438, November 10, 2005

11.01.2005
News
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Better Collision Insurance published in American Scientist in Sept-Oct 2005

American Scientist article on the need for Planetary Defense from asteroids by Rusty Schweickart and Clark Chapman

10.01.2005
News

US Senate testimony of Rusty Schweickart and Ed Lu

Testimony to Senate Subcommittee on Science, Technology, and Space on the subject of Planetary Defense by B612 leaders.

04.07.2004
News

The Asteroid Tugboat published in Scientific American, Nov. 2003

“B612’s early thinking on asteroid deflection: “”The Asteroid Tugboat””

11.01.2003
News

Letter to the President of United States about the most pressing science problems of the day

Letter to the president answering the question “What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world, and what is your advice on how I can begin to deal with them?” submitted by Piet Hut B612 Board Director

11.01.2002
Blog

Ever wondered where the name B612 came from?

Ever wondered where the name B612 came from? B612 was adopted from the story “The Little Prince”, a tale about a pilot that meets a little prince comes who comes from a small planet called Asteroid B-612. Mexico City has recently produced and performed the…

05.19.1999
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