In this session, we invite speakers to provide the latest results on planetary defence against asteroid impact threats. This includes results from space and ground based telescopic data, results from past and ongoing missions that are relevant for planetary defence as well as updates of planned missions that will significantly contribute and enhance the scientific knowledge for the global planetary defence strategy.
We welcome abstracts on studies of capabilities needed to detect potential asteroid or comet impacts with Earth and to warn of, such threats, and then either prevent them or otherwise mitigate their possible effects. Studies from ESA, NASA and worldwide partners to discover and monitor NEOs, including asteroids and comets that pass within Earth’s vicinity are considered.
Abstracts about the ESA Hera mission (Europe’s contribution to an ambitious international planetary defence and humankind’s first mission to a binary asteroid system) and on the NASA DART mission are welcome. Contributions regarding computations of high-precision NEO orbits, continuous updating calculations of orbital parameters, close approaches, impact risks, discovery statistics, mission designs, as well as modeling of kinetic impacts are welcome in this session.