New results of comet ISON’s “final” hours

Comet ISON’s was still alive

24 July 2014

Comet ISON

Last year Comet ISON, famous as “the Comet of the century”, died. The new analysis of data collected by ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) showed that comet ISON ceased producing dust and gas before its flyby of the Sun.

(Image: Damian Peach)

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Rosetta spacecraft and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko: a comparison of their size

Rosetta and the Comet

16 July 2014

ESA released a short video where Rosetta spacecraft and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko size is compared. The animation shows that Rosetta spacecraft is 32-metres-large while the comet measures 4000 meters, so 125 times Rosetta's width.

(Image: ESA)

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The NEOShield Project at the SpaceUp UK

The NEOShield "on" London

14 July 2014

The NEOShield Team participated in the SpaceUp UK "unconference", a special event which permitted to experts and enthusiasts to talk about space in a comfortable atmoshepere which made this experience unique.

(Image: SpaceUpUK/Alex Neumann)

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Esa Rosetta mission contest

Rosetta, are we there yet?

11 July 2014

RosettaTo celebrate the rendezvous between Rosetta and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko ESA offers the opportunity to attend the landing event. How? Joining the "Rosetta, are we there yet?" campaign!

(Image: ESA)

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“Strategical and scientific aspects of the asteroid impact threat: the NEOShield perspective”

The NEOShield workshop in Helsinki

10 July 2014

The NEOshield workshop in Helsinki

The NEOShield Team organized the workshop “Strategical and scientific aspects of the asteroid impact threat: the NEOShield perspective”, in the framework of the last Asteroids Comets Meteors conference, held in Helsinki on June 30th – July 4th.

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The NEOShield 3D globe and asteroid

Print and build

03 July 2014


Download the PDF file and build your globe and asteroid! You can use them for scientific purposes or as a neat-looking ornament.

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Asteroid 2011 MD is the candidate for NASA's Asteroid-Capture Mission

An unusual asteroid

23 June 2014

Asteroid 2011 MDThanks to NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope the Asteroid-Capture Mission has a valid candidate: Asteroid 2011 MD. Unusually 2011 MD could be not a single piece of rock but a heap of rubble.


(Image: NASA/JPL - Caltech/Northern Arizona University/SAO)

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Hunting NEOs

The Sentinel and The Beast

11 June 2014

Asteroid 2014 HQ124

The B612 Foundation together with the Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation will realize and launch an infrared space telescope with the aim to survey the Solar System. The Sentinel mission will provide a detailed map which could be used to detect the potential hazardous NEOs directed toward Earth.

(Image: P. Carril, ESA)

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The NEOShield Catching Comets contest: the best five shots

10 June 2014

Enjoy the best five photos of the NEOShield Catching Comets Contest!

The NEOShield Contest

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The NEOShield Catching Comets Contest WINNERS!

04 June 2014

The NEOShield Contest
And the winners are...

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Chelyabinsk meteorite: a part of a greater celestial body

A piece of a supermassive asteroid

28 May 2014

Chelyabinsk meteorite

Scientists claim the Chelyabinsk meteorite was part of greater celestial body. The results of several researches were released on the Scientific Reports website.

(Image: Andrey Yarantsev)

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The NEOShield Catching Comets Contest continues!

The contest has been extended!

26 May 2014

The NEOShield Catching Comets Contest continues! The NEOShield team has decided to prolong the contest because of the bad weather conditions. So, you can still participate!

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A brand new meteor-impact crater on Mars

MARCI shot a new dark spot

26 May 2014

A new crater on Mars

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has unearthed a brand new meteor-impact crater on Mars. After an intense explosion in the Martian sky an asteroid impacted on the Red Planet creating a large new crater large like a football field.

(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

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News from the Sky: a good night to shot PanSTARRS

Some tips to CATCH COMET PanSTARRS tonight

20 May 2014

Comet PanSTARRSTonight is the Night!

The comet PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 tonight will meet the Galaxy NGC 3726 in the constellation of the Big Dipper. The weather is supposed to be just fine and the Moon rise comes late.

(Image: Chris Schur)

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows signs of life

Rosetta's target is active

19 May 2014

Rosetta's target is activeRosetta's target is active! Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows impressive signs of life in the sky.

“That's the good news.” says Norbert Pailer, Astrophysicist at Airbus Group, surprised to see the comet already as active as shown in the picture.

(Image: ESA/Rosetta/MPS for OSIRIS Team)

 

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The NEOShield Catching Comets Contest

Shot 'em all!

16 May 2014

The NEOShield Contest

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Kinetic Impactor: A way to save Earth

15 May 2014

KinectorThe principle of the kinetic impactor mitigation method is that the NEO is deflected following an impact from an impactor spacecraft.

The NEOShield team continuously optimize this method with the purpose to save Earth from NEOs.


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Comets PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 and 209P/LINEAR will be visible on May

Bright nights on May

14 May 2014

PanSTARRS comet

May is an electrifying month for sky-watchers and space enthusiasts! Two comets will be visible in the next days: comets PanSTARRS C/2012 K1 and 209P/LINEAR.

(Image: Chris Schur)

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Rosetta's first glance to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Preparing the rendezvous

09 May 2014

A first glance to comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko

After a 10-years-long travel through the Solar system Rosetta will finally arrive at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko the next August. «Finally seeing our target after a 10 year journey through space is an incredible feeling» said Holger Sierks, OSIRIS Principal Investigator from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany.

(Image: ESA 2014 MPS for OSIRIS-Team)

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Itokawa: a rare collision of two different objects

Surprising Results of an Asteroidal Anatomy

06 May 2014

Asteroid Itokawa

The first investigation of the properties of the inner structure of an asteroid revealed a real surprise: Itokawa is partly compact with relatively high specific density, while the other is rather porous, which means low specific density. Therefore the internal structure of the elongated asteroid is not homogeneous at all. As a consequence this delivers some hints towars an earlier collision of two separate objects.

(Image: ISAS/JAXA)

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On the importance of prevention

Asteroid impact risks

23 April 2014

The B612 Foundation has realized a graphic representation of asteroids which hit Earth between 2000 and 2013. The video shows the places where NEAs impacted and it has been released in occasion of the Earth Day on April 22, 2014.

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Another objected exploded in Russian skies

Glaring fireball on Murmansk

22 April 2014

Fireball on Russia

Just one year since a meteorite blasted above Chelyabinsk, a suspected meteorite explosion has been filmed by citizens of Murmansk in Russia on April 19, 2014. Luckily, nobody has been injured.

Different hypothesis on the object has been done: it could be a meteorite or just space debris re-entering the atmosphere.

(Image: @RussiaToday)

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Go-Ahead for OSIRIS-REx Mission

OSIRIS-REx will be sent into space in 2016

15 April 2014

OSIRIS-REx

NASA’s team obtained the authorization to start building all the facilities they need to visit the asteroid Bennu in 2018. «This is the final step for a NASA mission to go from paper to product. This confirms that the final design is ready to start the build-up towards launch.» said Gordon Johnston the OSIRIS-REx program executive at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC.

This artist's concept shows the instrument deck of the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample and return mission. (Image: NASA) 

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The reconstruction of what a massive asteroid caused on Earth

A Supermassive Asteroid

11 April 2014

An artist's illustration of an asteroid

One year ago an asteroid exploded 25 km above Chelyabinsk injuring 1.500 people. What could be the consequences if a 37 km-wide asteroid impacted on Earth? Scientists reconstructed the effects of a billion-year-old NEA.

An artistic illustration of a catastrophic asteroid impact. (Image: Don Davis/NASA)

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NEOShield's target object: Close approach observations

Asteroid 2001 QC34 observations

10 April 2014

Asteroid 2001 QC34Asteroid 2001 QC34, the NEOShield KI Demo Mission target object, has a close earth encounter in beginning of April 2014. Observatories of different countries observed the asteroid coming closer to the planet. This 2001 QC34 earth encounter is a relatively shallow close approach, because of the geometrical relationship and movements of the sun – asteroid – earth phase angles. At the time of closest approach to earth the asteroid 2001 QC34 is not well placed for observation, close to the Sun and at declination of ~-60 degrees. The visibility will be much better in the second half of April and the subsequent weeks.

The photo shows 2001 QC34 imaged by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope on 24th January 2014. Image courtesy of the Pan-STARRS 1 Science Consortium, supported by the NASA NEO Office.

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One step closer to Mars: sending humans to an asteroid

Living on an asteoird

08 April 2014

Human space colony on MarsNASA's new mission: sending humans to an asteroid by 2025.  This challenging project is another step closer to Mars which represents the final aim of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The first stage will be to capture an asteroid and redirected it into an orbit around the Moon thanks to a combination of current and new technologies developed by the space agency.

(Image: NASA)

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Asteroid 2007 VK184 crossed out as potential menace for the planet

2007 VK184: not in the blacklist

07 April 2014

The orbit of asteroid 2007 VK 134Asteroid 2007 VK184 has been removed from NASA's NEOs "blacklist". It is not a potential menace for the Planet anymore. It was considered a real threat with an estimated 1-in-1800 chance of impacting Earth in June 2048 and a rating of 1 on the 10-point Torino Impact Hazard Scale.

(Image: NASA/JPL)

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Space Weathering on Asteroids as Reason for their Disintegration

Even asteroids show regolith layers

03 April 2014

regolith on an asteroid

The layer of dust on asteroids is produced by temperature changes which crack and break them apart (so-called Space Weathering). The results of several corresponding experiments on meteorite samples have been published today in the Journal Nature.

(Image: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA)

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NEOShield's target object comes close to Earth

A NEO close to us

01 April 2014

NEOShield´s target close our Earth

Potentially Hazardous Objects (PHOs) are a subclass of NEOs consisting mostly of asteroids (Potentially Hazardous Asteroids) that have the potential to make close approaches to the Earth whilst featuring a size large enough to cause significant regional damage in the event of an impact. Figure 1 depicts the orbits of the presently known PHOs. It is currently (as of 2012) expected that only 20 - 30 percent of all existing PHOs are already known. This gives an indication that NEOs, in particular PHOs, are likely to pose a real threat to Earth on a longer time scale.

(Image: NEOShield Deliverable D5.4, Alan Fitzsimmons)

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The lander Philae was reactivated

Philae is awake!

31 March 2014

Philae lander

Rosetta´s lander Philae was reactivated. Philae could land on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on the next November, but just after having chosen the best landing site. As Matt Taylor (Rosetta´s project scientist) said "landing on the surface is the cherry on the cake for the Rosetta mission."
(Image: ESA)
Rosetta's lander Philae was reactivated. Philae could land on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on the next November, but just after having chosen the best landing site. As Matt Taylor (Rosetta's project scientist) said "landing on the surface is the cherry on the cake for the Rosetta mission."

 
(Image: ESA)

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NASA's Hubble Telescope Spots Mars-Bound Comet Sprout Multiple Jets

Siding spring will pass near Mars

29 March 2014

Siding SpringNASA's Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the comet C/2013 A1 also known as Siding Spring. The comet will pass within 84,000 miles from Mars the next October 19. Siding Spring was discovered in January 2013 by Robert McNaught at Australia's Siding Spring Observatory. 

(Image: NASA, ESA, Planetary Science Institute) 

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A new ambitious mission for NASA: Catching a NEO

Capturing an asteroid

28 March 2014

NASA´s new mission

NASA has planned its new ambitious mission: to capture an asteroid. According to NASA chief Charles Bolden, the space agency is planning to capture an asteroid and park it near the moon. This is only one step on the way to Mars, as Bolden said. The agency will send a robotic spacecraft to an asteroid. 

(Image: NASA) 

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Competition on Dust Ring Systems in Space

The asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two rings

27 March 2014

Artist’s impression close-up of the rings around Chariklo

The asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dust rings. Chariklo is the largest of the so-called Centaurs asteroids. It orbits between Saturn and Uranus. The discovery of this mysterious phenomenon electrified Felipe Braga-Ribas (Observatório Nacional/MCTI, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) who planned the observation campaign. He said: «So, as well as the rings, it's likely that Chariklo has at least one small moon still waiting to be discovered». Therefore, Chariklo could have other surprises in store for us!

(Image: ESO)

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A meteorite light up the lunar night

The largest impact observed on our Moon

24 February 2014

The brightest and largest impact ever observed on our Moon. During the night of September 11, 2013 took place the collision of a rock crashing into the lunar surface. J. M. Madiedo (University of Huelva) said the flash was visible with unaided eyes. It was the brighest lunar night!

(Image: NASA) 

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Accidents and asteroids: an interview with Alan Harris

How real is the menace?

22 February 2014

AsteroidsEvery days small NEOs impact  the Earth. For this reason since the 2012 the NEOShield project develops strategies and techniques to protect our planet. Alan Harris (Senior scientist at the DLR Institute of Planetary Research in Berlin) explains how important is to support the mission and how the technologies developed represent a concrete way to deal with these threats.

(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

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Chelyabinsk: one year later

What was learnt from the Chelyabinsk event?

15 February 2014

The meteorite´s contrailIt was the biggest explosion in the Earth atmosphere since the Tunguska event in 1908, when a so far unknown object suddenly lit up the sky just 25 km above the heads of the population of the city of Chelyabinsk. While the astronomy community (including part of the NEOshield team) was preparing for the announced close fly-by of the asteroid 2012DA14 on February 15, 2013 - which missed the Earth by several thousand kilometers - the world got surprised by the unexpected event above Chelyabinsk which injured about 1.500 people on ground. Since then we have learnt quite a bit about this solar system interloper.

(Image: Space.com) 

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Collision in our planetary system: it started with an event on Jupiter

«In the beginning was on Jupiter!»

11 February 2014

The fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levi moving towards JupiterWe are e. g. used to the cratered surface of our Moon. Everybody agrees without them it would look quite boring. But also a never changing cratered surface is in the long run not very pricling. That´s one side of the story. But we should be aware that objects in space are also aiming towards our planet. That´s the critical aspect. Numerous craters - even on the Earth surface - are clear evidence for former catastrophic events. They are still visible despite the distinct weathering on our planet. Happily large impacts are relatively rare, but they happen. In recent days unusual impacts on neighboring objects became known.

(Image: © NASA/HST/H. Weaver, T. Smith)

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Rosetta wake-up: "Year of the Comet" Successfully Opened

A personal view from NEOShield team member Norbert Pailer

22 January 2014

Rosetta wake-up signal
Will Rosetta finally send the thumb-up signal from a distance of about 800 million km away that everything is o. k.? - There was nothing but only a noisy signal...
After what felt like an eternity there was a sudden change on the signal and a sharp peak popped up; see figure above: The signal has arrived! After an official session the whole assembly than waited under enormous tension for the most exciting moment of the day:

This graph shows the long awaited Rosetta`s thump-up signal from a distance of about 800 million km
(Image: ESOC)

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Hayabusa 2 Proposed for Launch in 2014

JAXA's mission to a near-Earth asteroid

06 December 2013

JAXA announced that Hayabusa 2 is planned for launch in 2014. Similar to the first Hayabusa mission in 2003, Hayabusa 2 will aim to land the spacecraft on an asteroid and bring sample material back to Earth. 

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Gaia set for launch on 19th December

3D Map of Galaxy including detecting near-Earth objects

03 December 2013

The Gaia telescope will be launched later this month to create, for the first time, an extraordinarily precise three-dimensional map of our Galaxy and beyond.

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Did comet ISON survive? Maybe

The sun-grazing comet barely survived its perihelion

29 November 2013

Comets are notorious for being unpredictable - seems like comet ISON is no exception. On its closest approach to the Sun, it was first thought to have disintegrated. New images suggest that a small part of the comet survived. 

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"Asteroid Quakes" - Mars is shaking up NEOs too

Scientists find that Earth is not the only one affecting asteroids

22 November 2013

Scientists have long observed that the surfaces of most asteroids appear redder than meteorites. What is the reason for this? New research found that Mars is shaking up asteroids too and changing their surfaces, not only Earth.

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NEOShield at DoDDS-Europe STEMposium 2013

Preparing to Protect the Planet

19 November 2013

On 18th November, NEOShield team member, Mr. Noah Saks from Astrium, shared with a group of high school students attending the annual STEMposium about how the NEOShield project is working to protect the Earth from a collision with a near-Earth object. 

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Freak Asteroid has Six Tails

Hubble spotted an asteroid with comet-like tails

08 November 2013

Resembling more like a lawn sprinkler or a badminton shuttlecock, asteroid P/2013 P5 projects bizarre characteristics. While normal asteroids appear as tiny points of light, this asteroid has six comet-like tails of dust and appears to be in the process of breaking up. 

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Chelyabinsk Asteroid: 19 metres, 12 000 tonnes

Full power of Chelyabinsk meteor revealed

07 November 2013

The asteroid that smashed into the city of Chelyabinsk measured 19 metres in diameter before exploding into small pieces between the altitudes of around 45 and 30 kilometres with the energy equivalent to several dozens of Hiroshima atomic bombs. 

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UN adopts Asteroid Defense Policy

First-steps to an international contingency plan

31 October 2013

The first-ever international contingency plan for defending Earth against an asteroid strike will be implemented following the recent U.N. General Assembly meeting.

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Asteroid to hit Earth in 2032?

Highly unlikely, says NASA

21 October 2013

An asteroid that sailed past Earth last month is said to return much closer in 19 years.

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Chelyabinsk meteorite is recovered out of Lake Chebarkul

Divers dredged out a big piece of Chelyabinsk meteorite

17 October 2013


The space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk on February 15, 2013 injuring more than 1,000 people was recovered by divers at the bottom of Lake Chebarkul.

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NEOShield celebrates World Space Week 2013

Comic contest and Q&A sessions - something for everyone!

04 October 2013

The world's largest space event occurs every year from 4th to 10th October. Here are NEOShield's activities including a surprise casual visit from World Space Week's Executive Director!

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Comet ISON fly by Mars

The sun-grazing comet will fly by Mars on October 1st

01 October 2013

On its orbit toward a close encounter with the sun at around Thanksgiving, comet ISON will fly by Mars on Tuesday, October 1st.

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Don Quixote is a comet, not an asteroid!

The third largest NEO is a comet

19 September 2013

For 30 years the 3552 Don Quixote was believed to be an asteroid. Now, it appears that the third largest near-Earth object whose journey stretches to the orbit of Jupiter is a comet.

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Chelyabinsk Debris Circles the Globe

4 Day Track of the Chelyabinsk Meteor Dust Plume

03 September 2013

NASA’s Suomi NPP Satellite tracks and measures the dust belt caused by the February 15th 2013 Chelyabinsk Meteorite.

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WISE Spacecraft Reactivated to Study NEOs

The first steps to protecting our home planet

29 August 2013

After 2.5 years in hibernation, NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) will be reactivated in September for three more years with a new mission – to search for near-Earth objects (NEOs) that could potentially lead to collision with Earth.

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Fraunhofer EMI Fires off a Kinetic Impactor Gas Gun

Kinetic Impactor Method Tested Using Gas Gun Simulation

19 July 2013

Fraunhofer EMI, a member of the NEOShield consortium, made great progress on research for the kinetic impactor when they fired off a gas gun in Freiburg, Germany in May 2013.

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7 Must See Astronomical Events of 2013

Your Guide to Sky Gazing in 2013

11 July 2013

Whether you are an astrophysicist, an amateur astronomer, or an occasional stargazer, NEOShield has created a list of the 7 best sky gazing moments of 2013.

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Detlef Koschny Discusses ESA's New NEO-CC

NEO-CC Inauguration Summary

12 June 2013

Taking place in Frascati, Italy was the recent inauguration of ESAs NEO Coordination Centre at ESRIN, the centre for Earth observation. NEOShield had the chance to follow up with Detlef Koschny on the importance of the new information centre.

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NEOShield Prepares to Protect Paris... and the Planet

NEOShield goes to SpaceUp Paris

29 May 2013

NEOShield geared up to attend their second SpaceUp unconference, taking place at the ESA headquarters in Paris, France on May 25th & 26th.

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SpaceUp with NEOShield

NEOShield to Present at SpaceUp Unconference in Paris

21 May 2013

NEOShield is excited to attend SpaceUp Paris this upcoming weekend, on May 25th & 26th, taking place at the ESA Headquarters in France. SpaceUp is the first unconference focused on space exploration and this event will mark the first ever SpaceUp conference in France.

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ESA’s Upcoming NEO Coordination Centre Inauguration

ESA Presents its New Asteroid Warning Coordination Centre

13 May 2013

ESA experts, as well as leading industrial and scientific partners from across Europe, will meet at ESRIN, near Rome, to inaugurate the Near Earth Object Coordination Centre.

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Stardust: The Asteroid and Space Debris Training Network

Stardust is Looking for Space Researchers to Save Our Future

07 May 2013

Stardust is  an EU-wide program which will provide Europe with a first generation of decision makers, engineers and scientists that have the knowledge and capabilities to address the asteroid and space debris issue now and in the future.

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The NEOShield Project Participates in EU Open Doors 2013

How NEOShield Accomplishes ‘Research Today to Innovate Tomorrow’

06 May 2013

The NEOShield Project was honoured to be chosen to present its mission objectives in the ‘Research today to innovate tomorrow’ division for the European Union (EU) Open Doors 2013 held in Brussels, Belgium on Saturday, May 4th.

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NEOShield Display at EU Open Doors 2013

Come Visit The NEOShield Project at EU Open Doors in Brussels

02 May 2013

On Saturday, May 4th 2013, NEOShield will present their 'Plan to Protect the Planet' at the European Union (EU) Open Doors Event held in Brussels, Belgium.

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NEOShield 'Gathers for Impact!' at PDC 2013

NEOShield attends the 2013 IAA Planetary Defence Conference

29 April 2013

The International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) held the 2013 Planetary Defence Conference between 15-19 April 2013 at the High Country Conference Center in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA.

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NEOShield to attend 2013 IAA Planetary Defense Conference

NEOShield Presents: An International Coordination in Response to the Threat of Near-Earth Objects

12 April 2013

While attending the IAA 2013 Planetary Defense Conference, NEOShield will be hosting a panel of Near Earth Objects (NEO) experts to discuss an international response to the NEO threat on Tuesday 16 April from 18:00. The event is open to the media and the general public, as well as conference participants.

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Large meteor streaks across skies in Russia

Meteor explodes over the Russian region of Chelyabinsk

15 February 2013

On Friday 15 February 2013, a large meteor blazed across the sky over Russia's Ural mountains, exploding over the region of Chelyabinsk.

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Asteroid to make VERY close approach with Earth

2012 DA14 to fly within orbit of geostationary communications satellites

12 February 2013

An asteroid named 2012 DA14 will have a near miss with Earth on 15 February 2013 at 19:25 UTC. When it passes our planet, the asteroid will only be 28,000km above the Earth’s surface.

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COMPETITION: NEOSHIELD NOËL

Answer the questions in our asteroid advent calendar to win a NEOShield pin!

03 December 2012

Competition time: It's a NEOShield Noël and we've got 24 questions and 24 NEOShield pins in our asteroid advent calendar. We're giving away a NEOShield pin everyday until December 24th 2012.

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NEOShield presents at SpaceUp Stuttgart 2012

SpaceUp Stuttgart is Germany's first ever space 'unconference'.

29 October 2012

SpaceUp Stuttgart bannerOn 27 October 2012, NEOShield participated in SpaceUp Stuttgart, Germany's first space 'unconference'.

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NEOShield Knows - Q&A - Summary

Interactive Q&A session hosted by the NEOShield Team on Twitter

15 October 2012

On Wednesday 10th October 2012, as part of World Space Week, we hosted 'NEOShield Knows; our first ever live Q&A session on Twitter. This gave our followers the opportunity to discuss the NEOShield project, Near Earth Objects and other related topics.

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Close Approach of asteroid 2012 TC4

2012 TC4 will travel within 0.25 Lunar Distances.

11 October 2012

Asteroid 2012 TC4 to make a close approach with our planet on Friday 12th October, 05:30 UTC

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NEOShield experts to host Q&A session

'NEOShield Knows' will take place on Wednesday 10 October 2012

08 October 2012

NEOShield Q&AAs part of World Space Week, NEOShield experts will be hosting a live Q&A session on Wednesday 10 October.

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NEOShield to present at IAC 2012

63rd International Astronautical Congress held between 1-5 October

01 October 2012

NEOShield LogoNEOShield to present at the International Astronautical Congress 2012 (1st - 5th October).

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Close Approach of Asteroid 2012 QG42

Asteroid will fly within 7.4 Lunar Distances of Earth

12 September 2012


NEO 2012 QG42A potentially hazardous asteroid will make its closest approach with the Earth on Friday 14th September, 05:12 UTC.

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B612 Foundation Announces Asteroid Finding Mission

Privately funded Sentinel mission to be launched into a "Venus-like" orbit

28 June 2012

SENTINEL orbit showing viewing direction (B612 Foundation/Ball Aerospace)The B612 Foundation announced today the first privately funded deep space mission.

The mission, Sentinel, is an asteroid finding spacecraft that will be launched into a venus-like orbit, from where it is able to map the region near Earth.

The spacecraft will be equipped with a 0.5m diameter Infrared telescope, and will scan the night half of the sky every 26 days.

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NEOShield Website Online Today!

www.NEOShield.net - the new home for all things NEO

21 June 2012

NEOShield now has a website!
Welcome to www.NEOShield.net, the new home of the NEOShield project in the World Wide Web. 

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Close Approach of Large Asteroid Today

Asteroid 308242 (2005 GO21) flies within 17 Lunar Distances of Earth

21 June 2012

News 2005A very large asteroid, 308242 (2005 GO21), is making its closest approach to the Earth today.








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NEOShield joins Facebook

Like and follow us on the Social Web

20 June 2012

NEOShield Facebook NEOShield is now also on Facebook!

If you'd like to follow NEOShield and keep up to date or start a discussion on all the latest NEOShield, NEO, asteroid and planetary defence news, head over to www.facebook.com/NEOShield




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NEOShield to assess Earth Defence

NEOShield news article from BBC News

26 January 2012

BBC News: "NEOShield is a new international project that will assess the threat posed by Near Earth Objects (NEO) and look at the best possible solutions for dealing with a big asteroid or comet on a collision path with our planet. ..."

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Asteroid Threat to Earth Sparks Global 'NEOShield' Project

NEOShield news article on SPACE.com

26 January 2012

SPACE.com: "They can be mean and nasty, and they can mess up our planet big time. ..."

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