1st IAA Planetary Defense Conference opens

by Eric on April 27, 2009

While the rest of us worry about the coming swine flu pandemic, engineers and astronomers are meeting in Granada, Spain to discuss the prospects for defending the Earth from Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).


Readers of the San Francisco Chronicle were treated to an front page story about the discovery of rare asteroid fragments in the Nubian Desert. But readers of an article in Nature found out how scientists around the world collaborated to track the asteroid in space to reentry, making it possible for a team of astronomers and students to locate the meteorite fragements.