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June 29 – July 5, 2015 / Vol 34, No 26 / Hawai`i Island, USA

26 Jun 2015, 20:12 UTC
June 29 – July 5, 2015 / Vol 34, No 26 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Asteroid Day 2015: Respecting the Threat, Pursuing the Promise

With over 50 events and counting listed around the world, Asteroid Day on June 30 is set to boost education and awareness for this issue of global importance, with a focus on how to better detect threats and how best to react. One of the highlights in the lead up to the event is the 100X Declaration, which calls for a 100-fold increase in the detection and tracking of asteroids or Near Earth Objects (NEOs) in the Solar System. The signatories include over 36 astronauts and cosmonauts as well as many other notable individuals, such as Astrophysicist and legendary rocker Brian May, UK Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, President of the Planetary Society Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, SETI Institute Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Jill Tarter, and co-discoverer of the Kuiper Belt Jane Luu (L-R). It is not just planetary security that leads humans to want to hunt for, analyze and rein in these objects, but also curiosity and resources. There is much to learn from asteroids about the formation and distribution of materials within solar and planetary systems, which among many things will help the search for potentially ...

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