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Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Stanley Love, NASA
Title: Molecular Foundry/ALS Joint Seminar: Near-Earth Asteroids: Stepping Stones to an Interplanetary Civilization
Location: Building 66 Auditorium


Abstract:

Most asteroids orbit the Sun beyond the orbit of Mars and never come near the Earth. But ongoing searches are finding thousands of new asteroids whose orbits approach, and sometimes even intersect, that of the Earth. In this presentation, NASA astronaut and planetary scientist Dr. Stan Love will summarize what is known about near-Earth asteroids. The talk will cover the threat these objects pose to our home planet, concepts for preventing asteroid impacts, and opportunities for near- Earth asteroid science, human exploration, and resource development.