Near Earth Object Project Group
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The Near Earth Object (NEO) project group is dedicated to helping the worldwide planetary defence community to meet one of nature's greatest challenges. The group provides a youth perspective to planetary defence through annual reports, competitions, conference attendance, and public outreach projects related to Near Earth Objects.
We are using the SGAC's status as a member of Action Team 14 within UN COPUOS to assist in bringing about a NEO UN framework. Additionally, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart is supporting us explore potential opportunities to work together with the Association of Space Explorers (ASE).
- Assisting in UN Legal Framework for International NEO Cooperation
SGAC provides the perspective of the youth to the UN AT14 and acts as a bridge between its members and the Action Team. SGAC intends to raise awareness and involve youth in the NEO field as well as to inform youth about current issues such as the work of the AT14. It supports the efforts undertaken to create a global legal framework and provides opportunities for members to get involved.
- Planetary Defense Conference Student Competition (9-12 May 2011)
The International Academy of Astronautics will hold its second conference - titled "From Threat to Action" - on protecting our planet from impacts by asteroids and comets from 9 - 12 May 2011 in Bucharest, Romania. SGAC is proud to be involved by assisting in the organisation of the Student Competition, calling for students from all over the globe to send in their entries for the call for papers. Last date for submission was 14 January, 2011. Follow this link for more details.
- SGAC's 2010 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Ben Corbin (USA)
- SGAC's 2009 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Sini Merikallio (Finland)
- SGAC's 2008 Move an Asteroid Competition winning paper by Mary D'Souza (Australia)
- SGAC's 2008 Move an Asteroid Competition second place presentation by Andy Bacon (UK)
- Planetary Defence Conference 2009: Bacon, A. 'A Method for the Fragmentation and Orbital Disruption of the Asteroid 99942 Apophis using Resonantly Timed Impactors.', Conference-Poster (1,1 MB jpg)