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Saturday, April 27 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Planetary Defense Briefing: Divert the Asteroid, Save the World

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Join spacecraft engineers Dr. Christopher Grasso and Pieter Kallemeyn on a mission to divert
the asteroid Bennu from striking Earth. They will talk about the very real danger of asteroid
impacts and the technologies available to prevent catastrophe. During the session, they will
simulate an asteroid diversion using nuclear weapons and a variation of the OSIRIS-REx
spacecraft currently visiting Bennu.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christopher Grasso

Dr. Christopher Grasso

Principal Engineer, Blue Sun Enterprises
Dr. Christopher Grasso is the principal engineer for Blue Sun Enterprises, Inc. He has developed software and sequences for a variety of deep space missions, including Spitzer Space Telescope, Mars Odyssey, MRO, Dawn, and Resource Prospector. He developed the Virtual Machine Language... Read More →
avatar for Pieter Kallemeyn

Pieter Kallemeyn

Design and Operations Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Pieter Kallemeyn is the leader of the InSight Spacecraft Team which operates the lander from Lockheed Martins Mission Support Area in Denver. A graduate of the University of Colorado, hes been involved in the operation of interplanetary missions for 30 years. Past missions include... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
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