Big asteroid passes by earth + White House Google Hangout asteroid discussion

Asteroid 1998 QE2 passed earth yesterday and earthlings waved hello/goodbye to it: Asteroid 1998 QE2 sails past Earth, leaving cosmic lessons behind – Cosmic Log.

This event inspired a Google+ Hangout that included a participant from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) along with several space notables for a discussion about  asteroids: We the Geeks: A White House Google+ Hangout Series – The White House

During a conversation moderated by OSTP’s Cristin Dorgelo, we’ll be talking about asteroid identification, characterization, resource utilization, and hazard mitigation with:

Space on the John Batchelor Show with Bob Zimmerman and Hotel Mars

Bob Zimmerman reports on the latest space news during regular weekly slots (usually Tuesday and Thursdays) on the John Batchelor radio program. See the iTunes free Podcast for links to the latest shows.

Thursday 05/30/13 Batchelor Hour 4:
We discussed climate and the failure of all global warming models to predict the lack of warming in the past 15 years.

Friday 05/31/13 Batchelor Hour 1
1. The big asteroid flying past Earth today has its own moon.
2. Engineers suspect an meteor impact caused the shutdown of a weather satellite last week.
3. Further analysis has confirmed that Curiosity traveled through a streambed last year.
4. CFCs now linked to climate change.
5. The increase in CO2 is making the Earth greener.

Space exploration:
1. Data taken by radiation sensor on Curiosity during its journey to Mars suggest it will be possible to build shielding to protect humans.
2. The Hubble Space Telescope celebrates its fourth year of operation since the last shuttle repair mission.
3. The new space race: The construction timelines for both Golden Spike (private) and SLS are practically the same!


Charles Lurio joined David Livingston and Batchelor to discuss the influence of Star Trek on real space exploration and development : John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, Wednesday, 5-29-13 – Thespaceshow’s Blog