Defending Earth from Asteroids – An Asteroid Day Post

Bill Nye at Space Tech Expo 2013

“Asteroids Will Kill You!” That was the title of a presentation that Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society (TPS) who is also known as The Science Guy, gave on the final day of the 2013 Space Tech Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center in California. Since today is the second annual Asteroid Day, which falls on the anniversary of the Tunguska Event in 1908, I thought I would share what I learned this year about the threat of asteroid impact, what efforts are being made to detect asteroids, and the ideas to defend the Earth from asteroid impact. I presented the talk below about Defending Earth from Asteroids at the AIAA Orange County (OC) Aerospace Systems and Technology (ASAT) conference. Since I don’t have audio or video for the presentation, I’ve included my notes for each slide below. Background: I gave a presentation about the problem of space … Continue reading