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April 29 – May 5, 2019 / Vol 38, No 17 / Hawai’i Island, USA

26 Apr 2019, 19:00 UTC
April 29 – May 5, 2019 / Vol 38, No 17 / Hawai’i Island, USA
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IAA Holds 6th Planetary Defense Conference in Washington DC Area

International Academy of Astronautics convenes its biannual Planetary Defense Conference April 29 – May 3 at The Hotel at University of Maryland in College Park. International experts will gather to analyze dangers from and contingencies to avoid asteroid and comet collisions with Earth – including keynote speakers NASA Administrator James Bridenstine, Romana Kofler of UNOOSA, Rüdiger Jehn of ESA, and Hary Harel Ben-Ami of Israel Space Agency, as well as representatives of ISRO and Russian Academy of Sciences. A detailed impact scenario designed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be conducted, allowing participants to practice engaging with their peers in such a hypothetical event, attempting to answer questions such as “[Despite being] able to deflect the object… could our leaders provide funding and make other decisions at critical points?”. The imagined object (dubbed ‘2019 PDC’ by Minor Planet Center) would be a 100- to 300-meter asteroid that has a 1% chance of impacting on April 29, 2027, about 0.38 au (57 million kilometers or 35 million miles) away when discovered, approaching Earth at about 14 km/s (8.5 mi/s or 31,000 mph). According to the Center for Near Earth Object Studies, 19,985 ...

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