[meteorite-list] Planetary Defense Conference: Protecting Earth from Asteroids

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu Apr 22 10:18:26 2004
Message-ID: <200302111854.KAA17350_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


                 Planetary Defense Conference:
                Protecting Earth from Asteroids

                    February 23-26 (M-Th), 2004
                        Hyatt Orange County
                     Garden Grove, California

The Planetary Defense Conference, sponsored by the American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics and The Aerospace Corporation, will address key
technical issues associated with defending Earth from approaching near Earth
objects (comets and asteroids). The threat will be approached from three
warning levels: short-term (less than ten years warning); medium-term (ten to
30 years warning); and long-term (more than 30 years warning). The conference
intends to define several possible threat scenarios and develop potential
responses to each. Focused conference topics include:

    o examining current and future detection capabilities and options

    o considering current and future techniques, hardware and systems that
      are available to mitigate threats

    o discussing national and international policy implications of mounting a
      planetary defense effort

    o developing recommendations for future work, strategies, and policies

    o developing recommendations for demonstrations, experiments, and
      near-term activities

    o discussing public safety and disaster preparedness implications of
      possible asteroid or comet impacts.

Technical paper abstracts are currently being accepted electronically through
AIAA's Web site at http://www.aiaa.org.
Received on Tue 11 Feb 2003 01:54:19 PM PST

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