Addressing Unmet Challenges, Taking the Long View and Fostering Discovery by Danica Remy
The last year has shown us all just how adaptable we can be as humans. At the Asteroid Institute, we are taking a moment to pause. And in that pause we’re recalibrating; finding hope and inspiration through our core organizational values. These values have been our driving force since B612’s founding in 2002 by Ed, Rusty and the handful of other visionaries committed to changing the course of our humanity’s future.
We have always believed in stepping up and addressing unmet challenges; taking the long view. We don’t believe in just wishing for the best, but instead, we believe in exploring and devising solutions with the best and most technologically advanced outcomes. And looking back at last year, it’s true to say that a global pandemic was an inevitability. History has shown us it happens, and in the same sense, an asteroid impacting the Earth is also an inevitability. History has shown us that. We do not want to be caught off-guard. And we don’t have to be.
Recent events have also shown us the importance of transparency. We believe that data is one of humanity’s most powerful tools, and the transparency of that data is critical. We are investing in tools and developing the technology to help predict, interpret, and understand the future through our core projects including the Asteroid Discovery Analysis and Mapping (ADAM) platform. We are building the tools to study and understand the dynamics of our solar system, and most importantly to make the analysis of asteroid threats transparent. Building a dynamic map of the solar system will be key to the decision making process as we uncover potential asteroid threats in the coming years. This map, powered by ADAM, will also provide the foundation for future economic development in space, enable scientific studies, in addition to its use for planetary defense.
We have always been driven by a thirst for knowledge and commitment to discovery, fed by a sense of wonder for the universe and for our evolving capacity to explore it. With the support of our donor community stretching across the globe, we are able to work with an extended team of scientists, researchers, collaborators, and business professionals who are unparalleled in expertise to build and advocate for new solutions. The success of our work depends on the support of our donors and collaborative partners.
We look forward to keeping you up to date on progress and milestones during these uncharted times and connecting virtually, until it is safe to see you otherwise.
Here’s to a year filled with discovery, transparency, and hope!
About Danica Remy:
Danica serves as President of the B612 Foundation, which leads the private sector efforts in research, analysis and systems design to protect Earth from asteroids. Danica also co-founded the international program, Asteroid Day which is supported by the Government of Luxembourg and international space agencies and satellite companies. In 2016 it was sanctioned by the United Nations as an official day to increase global awareness and education of asteroids. The other co-founders are legendary Queen guitarist Dr Brian May, Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grigorij Richters.