Asteroid Analytics

Deflecting hazardous asteroids and using them as resources can unlock our potential for innovation and expand our economy into the solar system. Let's keep learning. Let's keep growing.

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Planetary Defense

2018 LA

Summary 2018 LA was a small asteroid, somewhere between 2-3 meters in diameter. It was first seen in space just 8 hours before impacting the Earth on 2 June 2018. This is significant because it's only the 3rd time an asteroid has been seen in space before impact, and coincidentally all by the same...

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The "Threat" of Asteroid Impacts - Breaking Down the Comprehensive Chart by the US Government

Summary On 20 June 2018, the White House released the latest update for the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan. This document describes the implementation plan for the strategy laid out in 2016, including design concepts for deflection technologies and coordination with FEMA if an asteroid impacted the US. In particular, one...

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2017 OM1

Summary Small asteroids are faint and hard to detect. Many times they are not spotted until they approach Earth's orbit very closely. A newly discovered asteroid named 2017 OM1 is a good example of this, and its story gives some insight into the challenges of trying to protect ourselves against asteroid impact threats. On...

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Planetary Defense - Characterization (Part 2)

What do we need to do to deflect an asteroid that's going to hit Earth? It's not very simple and it requires decades of intense study and continued technological development.  We're not there yet. find it and characterize the asteroid's orbit EARLY determine its composition and spin rate decide whether or not to deploy...

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Planetary Defense - Detection (Part 1)

(Updated 14 Jul 2017) What do we need to do to deflect an asteroid that's going to hit Earth? It's not very simple and it requires decades of intense study and continued technological development.  We're not there yet. find and characterize the asteroid's orbit EARLY determine its composition and spin rate decide whether or...

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