ASTEROID DAY 2016

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HOW TO DEFLECT ASTEROIDS 

CONFERENCE AND ROUND TABLE ON IMPACT HAZARD 

2016 BARCELONA ASTEROID DAY EVENT 

June 30, 2016, 18h. Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona 

This outreach event intends to introduce the scientific interest of studying asteroids to the general public and the media. The recent discovery by ongoing telescopic surveys of hundreds of potentially hazardous asteroids and the popularisation of their encounters with Earth increases the public concern of the hazards associated with the impact of asteroids and comets. We wish to inform the general public about the initiatives to increase our capabilities to forecast and palliate the effects of such cosmic disasters taken by scientists and space agencies.

A new age in space research began with the exploration of solar system minor bodies, with for example the Stardust (NASA), Hayabusa (JAXA) and Rosetta (ESA) missions. Future space missions are aimed to achieve the sample return from Near Earth Asteroids (Osiris-REx and Hayabusa 2) or even to test impact deflection techniques, to be used in future hypothetical encounters of our planet with Potentially Hazardous Asteroids. In fact, the Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) was born as a joint ESA-NASA endeavor to test the impact deflection technique on binary asteroid 65803 Didymos. That asteroid system consists of a main asteroid of about 800 m in diameter and its satellite of 150 m’ diameter. The mission is carried out by two spacecraft: the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) led by the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). It is expected that the DART spacecraft will impact the smaller component of the Didymos system in order to quantify our ability to deflect asteroids with a projectile. AIM will study the impact from close orbit with an innovative payload, including onboard cubesat instruments. Dr. Michael Küppers, ESA’s project scientist for the AIDA/AIM mission and researcher of the European Space Astronomy Center (ESAC), will introduce this fascinating project to us.

This Barcelona outreach initiative was born within the framework of the international Asteroid Day movement that aims to explain the fall of Tunguska (on June 30th, 1908), the most energetic contemporary impact detected so far. The event is coordinated with many other initiatives around the world and intends to offer to the general public, and astronomy enthusiasts an environment for public awareness and open discussion. For more details please visit:

Organized by the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC-IEEC), Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona (RACAB), Academia Europaea, and Agrupació Astronòmica de Sant Cugat-Valldoreix (AASCV).

PROGRAM 

18.00h.

Invited speaker: Dr. Michael Küppers (ESAC) “Impacting asteroid Didymos: Testing asteroid deflection with the AIDA mission”

19.00h.

Round Table: Reasons to be concerned about asteroid impact hazards. With the participation of Jordi Llorca (UPC), Jorge Núñez (UB and RACAB), Mar Tapia (IGEF-IEC) and Josep M. Trigo-Rodríguez (moderator, CSIC-IEEC)

20.30h.

Closing

LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (LOC) 

Dr. Josep M. Trigo-Rodriguez (CSIC-IEEC), Chair

Prof. Dr. Ramon Pascual (RACAB)

Dr. Carme Mas (AASCV)

MSc. Marina Martínez-Jiménez (CSIC-IEEC)

MSc. Manuel Moreno-Ibáñez (CSIC-IEEC)

MSc. Carles E. Moyano-Cambero (CSIC-IEEC)

WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS

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