April 5, 2019
Media are invited to attend the sixth International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland, from April 29 to May 3. The conference, which is co-sponsored by NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, brings together experts from around the world to present the latest research on near-Earth objects. These celestial objects are asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun and come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit, where some may pose an impact hazard to our planet.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is scheduled to deliver the conference’s opening keynote address on April 29. On May 1, the Planetary Society will host a free, public event featuring NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and other leading planetary defense experts. Conference participants also will take part in an exercise simulating efforts to address a hypothetical scenario of an asteroid impacting Earth.
The conference will highlight the development of the first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The mission, managed by APL, is a project of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, located at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. The DART mission is one element of the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan that will be discussed at the conference.
Media wishing to attend the meeting in person or remotely must contact Margaret Simon at Margaret.Simon@jhuapl.edu by April 24. Remote attendees will be provided with live-stream details shortly before the conference begins on April 29.
The link will also be posted at http://pdc.iaaweb.org/?q=ipc.
For information about the conference program and activities, visit http://pdc.iaaweb.org.
Tolearn more about NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, visit https://ww.nasa.gov/planetarydefense.
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