NEOShield-2

Science and Technology for Near Earth Object Impact Prevention

The last major asteroid impact led to the extinction of Dinosaurs, we won't let the next one do that to us!
NEOShield-2 is funded by Horizon 2020, which is the biggest EU Research & Innovation programme ever with nearly $80 Billion of funding.

What is NEOShield all about?

NEOShield has the primary goal to perform Scientific Research and Technical Development, so as to reduce the risk of a NEO (Near Earth Object) deflection mission from failing...

What is the threat from NEOs?

NEOs impact the Earth everyday! Yes everyday! It's therefore not a question if a NEO will hit the Earth, but rather when it will hit and how big will it be! Smaller NEOs are greater in number than larger NEOs...

What is being done for the threat?

Once a NEO has been identified and it has been calculated that it is probably or definitely going to impact the Earth, there are possibilities to prevent the impact.

NEO Properties Portal

Open access to the NEO physical characterization data obtained by NEOShield-2 observing programs and scientific analyses. Includes a dynamic NEO potential mission target listing.

The Team

The Consortium consist of 11 European Partners, which includes German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Planetary Research among others with Airbus Defence and Space being the Project Coordinator.

Publications

As the NEOShield project progresses, publications and documents are updated continuously here.

Educational Outreach

One of our missions is to educate and spread awareness about Asteroids. Read more about our successful initiatives:

NEOshield Agents

Educational Partnerships

NEO Approach

Next NEO close approach

NEO Background

News and Events
   

Stephen Hawking says Asteroids are a Major Threat

Nov 25

Renowned Physicist Prof. Stephen Hawking spoke in a video made by our Partners Asteroid Day, a global movement dedicated to protecting our species and raising awareness about Asteroid threats, co-founded by Brian May and Grigorij Richters. Professor Stephen Hawking said: “One of the major threats to intelligent life in our universe is the high probability of an asteroid colliding with inhabited planets.” Asteroid Day’s movement is a wake-up call to humanity, urging scientists, politicians and the

Mission to Mine water from Asteroids

Nov 21

Luxembourg based Deep Space Industries (DSI) is planning to send a probe out on a Near Earth Asteroid on a mission to mine water from one of these bodies.   The project is reportedly to be cheaper by millions of dollars as compared to other major missions because the company is building the spacecraft with the most recent cutting edge small satellite technology. The main advantage of this would be that a refueling station in

Capture The Asteroids

Nov 11

Capture The Asteroids and Win a FREE GIFT!   Please Keep in Mind: The Only two Asteroids to be photographed are (96590) 1998 XB  OR 5143 Heracles, which would have a Near Earth Flyby towards the end of November. The Winners would be decided on the basis of Photo Quality and how well the Asteroids are captured. Only Amateur photographers are allowed to compete, no Big Observatory or Research Organisation would be allowed to participate.

ESA’s ambitious Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) on Final Talks

Nov 10

The European Space Agency (ESA)’s Council of Ministers will have a meeting next month to make a decision on the implementation of the Mission.     The Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) mission is planned to be launched in October 2020 and would reach the binary asteroid system Didymos in 2022. AIM is a mission with a sense of urgency because the asteroid Didymos continues to move for a close encounter with Earth on 2022. The