Heads up...but what next? Credit: NASA

Heads up…but what next?
Credit: NASA

Can we — or should we — try to protect Earth from potentially hazardous impacts?How about harvesting asteroids for potential economic benefits? Could asteroid exploration be used to boost our capabilities and help clear a pathway to Mars? How should we balance costs, risks, and benefits of human exploration in space?

An effort set up between NASA, the US government’s space agency, and a group led by Arizona State University called ECAST—Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology—is offering ordinary citizens a say in decisions about the future of space exploration.

ECAST is a network of different institutions, launched in 2010 to provide a 21st Century model for technology assessment.

Let’s discuss

Want to give your opinion on what to do about NASA’s Asteroid Initiative?

Last November, several hundred people in Phoenix, Boston, and online came together to learn about NASA’s Asteroid Initiative. They took part to consider and discuss different approaches to dealing with the opportunities and threats posed by asteroids.

Lots of things to consider: Detection; Increase Space-Based Observations; Mitigation; Build-Up Civil Defense; An International Consortium Should Lead Efforts; Use Nuclear Weapons; Use Kinetic Impactor Technology.

Now, the next phase of “informing” NASA’s Asteroid Initiative is an open invite for everyone to participate. So weigh in on the questions considered by the in-person and online forums.

This phase is open now, and anyone can participate.

Go to: https://ecastonline.consider.it/

Also, go to this informative video on this citizen outreach effort:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yImAjIws9A#t=137

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