Finding Asteroids Headed for Earth

Asteroid02Wednesday, March 4, former NASA Astronaut Edward Tsang “Ed” Lu, Ph.D. will discuss The Sentinel Mission: Finding the Asteroid Headed for Earth, an illustrated, non-technical lecture at 7:00 p.m. in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills.

Asteroids are the only natural disaster for which we have a technological solution. There are an estimated one million in our inner solar system, and the vast majority of the threatening ones are still undiscovered. In this non-technical talk, Dr. Lu will describe the threat, and discuss the Sentinel Mission, an orbiting telescope designed to detect and track asteroids that cross Earth’s orbit.

In 2013 an asteroid just 60 feet across exploded over the city of Chelyabinsk in Russia sending more than 1,700 people to seek medical attention, damaged more than 7,200 buildings and cost the city more than $33 million dollars in property damage.

As a NASA Astronaut, Ed Lu has flown three missions logging 206 days in space, to construct and live aboard the International Space Station. A graduate of Cornell, Dr. Lu earned a Ph.D. from Stanford.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.

Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. Visitors must purchase a parking permit for $3 from dispensers in student parking lots. Dispensers accept one-dollar bills and quarters; bring exact change.

Smithwick Theater, Foothill College
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
7:00 pm
Admission: Free
Parking: $3.00

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