”The deployment of Sentinel is a well-judged and prudent ‘insurance policy,’ helping to safeguard life’s future on Earth. More than that, the concept of a philanthropically sponsored project is a model for future space ventures.”

Lord Martin Rees

Astronomer Royal, B612 Strategic Advisor

“Within 100 years, there’s about a 50 percent chance of an asteroid impact on Earth more devastating than the one that struck Tunguska with the energy of about 700 Hiroshima bombs in 1908. It’s now possible to detect them in advance, but there’s no budget to do so. And yet if we did detect one, governments would quickly pool their resources and change its course. That’s why former NASA astronaut Ed Lu formed the B612 Foundation. For the price of a medium-size hospital wing, we are launching a space mission to detect and map half a million asteroids and, potentially, save humankind.”

Esther Dyson

Chairman, EDventure; Angel Investor, Trained Cosmonaut; B612 Founding Circle member

“It’s not a matter of ‘if’, but ‘when’ the earth will be subjected to another cataclysmic asteroid event.  The importance of the Sentinel Mission cannot be overstated and it is fortuitous that this mission is being sponsored by a not-for-profit foundation, allowing all citizens of the earth to participate.  I feel fortunate to be a part of the Sentinel Team and hope all will join me in this very important endeavor.”

Robert Berry

Retired Director of Space Exploration Systems, Lockheed Martin; Sentinel Special Review Team

“I’m a college student and in less than a year I will graduate with a BA degree in Emergency Management. At this point I cannot really afford to donate more, but I truly believe in the mission and ideas that the B612 Foundation works towards each day. I just wanted to say thank you for having the courage and drive to take it upon yourselves to save the world when no other entity will step up to the challenge. Keep up the great work – it is appreciated very much.”

Melissa R.

“I am from the future, and I can tell you that a key technological achievement is the launch of the B612 Sentinel mission, which not only enables mankind to successfully identify and deflect an asteroid that would otherwise have struck the planet and caused massive economic disruption, but also aids in mapping out 90% of the inner system asteroids, paving the way for asteroid mining and the next great boom in human civilization.  Support B612 and be part of future history.”

Yishan Wong

CEO, Reddit.com; B612 Founding Circle member

“In my view, there are several reasons to support B612′s Sentinel: foremost – it could indeed save humanity (i.e., the dinosaurs didn’t have a space program). Second, in these times of fiscal austerity it is magnificent and inspiring to see this heroic effort, by an extraordinarily competent group of individuals, to launch and run a privately-funded deep-space mission, becoming a model for further scientific enterprise.”

Pierre Schwob

Founder, ContextU; SETI Trustee

“Knowledge is needed.  More NEO observations from the ground and from space are required to understand the hazard.  More research on deflection and mitigation is necessary.  Space missions like Sentinel with its infrared space telescope will help to provide the information we seek.” 

Carolyn Shoemaker

American astronomer and co-discoverer of Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9; B612 Strategic Advisor

“We need to protect all the people we have here so they can have a happy life wherever they are living and they can have fun and stuff.”

Erin

4th grader at Colham Ferry Elementary School, Watkinsville GA

“All of this means more security for Earth, and more security for us. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about this new development!”

Ellie

4th grader at Colham Ferry Elementary School, Watkinsville, GA

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