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Asteroids and space debris: threat, opportunity or just stardust?

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19:00 – 19:00 21 Mar 2016
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Hunday Manor County House Hotel, Windscales, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4JF

Speakers: Professor Massimiliano Vasile, Director of the Aerospace Centre of Excellence at the University of Strathclyde and the Director of the European Stardust Programme

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

Event type: Lecture/Talk
Organised by: IOP Lancashire and Cumbria Branch
Contact details: lancashireandcumbria@physics.org

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