It is believed that sixty-five million years ago a comet wiped out the dinosaurs. In recent years, events like the Chelyabinsk meteor has clearly shown that the deflection of asteroids is far from being pure science fiction, and instead is becoming a necessity.
At the same time, asteroids and comets represent an opportunity to know more about our solar system and to exploit their content of metals and water. On a different time and length scales, space debris represent an equally compelling but more urgent problem to solve before they can lead to a catastrophic loss of space assets and prevent future access to space.
Prof Massimiliano Vasile will talk about how to make access to space sustainable and how we might protect ourselves from future asteroid impacts and turn a threat in an opportunity.
Refreshments from 6:30pm