Brian Day on Near Earth Objects for Feb. 12 Meeting
We are fortunate to have Brian Day of NASA speaking at our Feb. 12 meeting. His topic is on the threat posed by Near Earth Objects (NEOs): "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall".
The explosion of a small asteroid near Chelyabinsk in 2013, and numerous near-misses since then (such as the January 26 close pass by asteroid 2004 BL86) serve as reminders that we live in a cosmic shooting gallery. We'll look at the threats posed by Near Earth Objects (NEOs), the strategies for mitigating these hazards, and the key roles that amateur astronomers can play in helping to save the Earth.
Brian Day currently acts as SSERVI’s project manager for NASA’s Lunar Mapping and Modeling Portal (http://lmmp.nasa.gov), a set of tools designed for mission planning, lunar science, and public outreach. From 2010-2014, Brian served as the Education/Public Outreach Lead for NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission to the Moon, which flew through and studied the Moon’s tenuous atmosphere. From 2007-2010 he served as the E/PO Lead for NASA’s LCROSS lunar impactor mission which discovered deposits of water ice at the Moon’s South Pole. He has also participated in producing the Education/Public Outreach sections for numerous NASA mission proposals. Brian has played key roles in various NASA Mars Analog Field Studies, providing technical support in the field for webcasts and robotic rover tests in extreme environments here on Earth. In 2007, he flew on the Aurigid-MAC mission to record fragments of comet Kiess entering Earth’s upper atmosphere.