Chelyabinsk and the Changing Landscape of Planetary Defense

Merel Kennedy

February 15, 2024

It has now been over a decade since the Chelyabinsk event. Like last year and the year before that, February 15th is marked within our organization, and many witnessed its aftermath as the day humanity woke up to the threat of asteroids. While NASA, B612, and others were already advocating for asteroid defense efforts, the Chelyabinsk event spurred an even greater call for technologies to support asteroid discovery.

Asteroid Institute’s Asteroid Discovery Analysis and Mapping (ADAM) Platform is our core technology that will support this effort. ADAM has the capability to discover hundreds of thousands of asteroids, all without a telescope. The team of scientists and engineers at the Asteroid Institute utilize publicly accessible observational data and a new cutting-edge discovery algorithm to spot previously unseen moving objects. All of this work has been in preparation for the Vera C. Rubin Observatory’s Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) survey, which will produce about 20 terabytes of data every night. Using a subset of that data, our Asteroid Institute team will scan the sky for new discoveries and aid in protecting our planet.

On the anniversary of Chelyabinsk, we invite you to look back on our recording since the Chelyabinsk event.


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Merel Kennedy