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Free Live NSN Webinar Series: Planetary Defense: Defending Earth from Hazardous Asteroids

Tuesday, September 21 - 6pm PDT/9pm EDT Live Stream YouTube Webinar
Credits NASA_Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Join the NASA Night Sky Network on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:00pm Pacific Time (9:00pm Eastern) to hear Dr. Paul Abell share with us plans for the DART mission to demonstrate a technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.

This presentation will provide some background on potentially hazardous asteroids, recent Earth impacts, and NASA’s activities to help protect Earth from asteroids. The presentation will describe NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission as well as share information on the European Space Agency’s (ESAs) Hera mission. DART will be the first demonstration of the kinetic impactor technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.


About Dr. Paul Abell
Dr. Paul Abell is the Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration within the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at the Johnson Space Center. His main areas of interest are physical characterization of near-Earth objects (NEOs) via ground-based and spacecraft observations, examination of NEOs for future robotic and human exploration, and identification of potential resources within the NEO population for future in situ utilization. Abell has been studying potentially hazardous asteroids and near-Earth objects for over 15 years and is an investigation team member on NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission.

Night Sky Network members can pregister for this webinar through the event’s Outreach Resource page (login required).
Further Information and Additional Viewing Options

The event will also be streaming live on YouTube, but please note that questions asked over the NSN-members-only Zoom Q&A will be prioritized.

The recording will be uploaded both to the webinar’s resource page and to the NSN YouTube page for folks that are unable to attend this evening’s session.