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Stardust Network Public Lecture

6 May 2014, 19:00

Avoiding the Fate of the Dinosaurs. The asteroid hazard after Chelyabinsk: new solutions for an old problem. Dr Ettore Perozzi

Stardust is unique European network devoted to developing advanced techniques for asteroid and space debris monitoring, removal, deflection and exploitation. It's aim is to protect our planet, save our space assets, and turn threats into opportunities. 

Ettore Perozzi is a planetary scientist working on celestial mechanics and space mission design. He is currently involved in Asteroid hazard monitoring at the ESA Near-Earth Object Coordination Centre in Frascati, Italy. Human perception of the asteroid hazard has typically oscillated between panic and underestimation. When a space rock 18m in diameter entered the atmosphere and exploded some 20 km above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in February 2013, it presented a challenge for both scientific research and science communication. Events were broadcast worldwide in real time via social media, and there were calls for new answers to old questions. How come no-one saw it coming, even though the Near Earth Asteroids discovery rate has reached 1000 objects per year?  What about if it had been larger? Are we at risk of sharing the fate of the dinosaurs?

Collins Building, 22 Richmond Street, Glasgow G1 1XQ. To attend, please register by Tuesday 29 April by email to Corporate Events, or phone 0141 548 2245.