Searching for our Nearest Neighbors, the Near-Earth Asteroids: Hazard, Resource, and Destination
The near-Earth asteroids are fragments left over from the formation of the Solar system that orbit near the Earth. NEAs in the past have impacted on the surface of the Earth, and will again at some point in the future. However, as a society we have the resources to detect them beforehand, predict their trajectories, and perhaps even deflect them with enough warning. In this talk, I will speak about the searches that are on-going, and the potential benefits the NEAs offer to humanity as we continue to explore space.
Dr. Masiero is a staff Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy in 2009, and has been with JPL ever since then. Joe joined the WISE mission shortly before launch to work on the detection, tracking, and physical characterization of asteroids that were detected by the mission. He has continued this work when the spacecraft was reactivated as NEOWISE, and is now the Deputy PI of the mission. He also regularly observes with the Palomar 200-inch telescope.
"What's Up?" in this month will be presented by Alex McConahay from RAS