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May 12, 2011 12:08 AM   Subscribe

The International Academy of Astronautics is holding the Planetary Defense Conference: Protecting Earth from Asteroids May 9-12, 2011. in Bucharest, Romania

Bruce Betts, Director of Projects for The Planetary Society, has reports on the first two days posted on The Planetary Society Blog (Day 1, Day 2). This year's conference is a follow-on to similar conferences in 2009, 2007 and 2004.

Related: No, 2005 YU55 will not impact Earth in November. It will pass relatively close-by though.
posted by IvoShandor (13 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
They did nothing to prevent the movie Armageddon from being made. Therefore, I hate them.
posted by ShutterBun at 12:39 AM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

The Interplanetary Academy of Astronautics would sound so much better.
posted by misteraitch at 1:39 AM on May 12, 2011

Armageddon was awesome. Deep Inpact on the other hand sucked.
posted by humanfont at 2:00 AM on May 12, 2011

Deep Inpact on the other hand would suck.
posted by -->NMN.80.418 at 2:07 AM on May 12, 2011

The conference this year is set in the Romanian parliament building

Does the Romanian parliament just take off for two days?
posted by -->NMN.80.418 at 2:11 AM on May 12, 2011

Parliaments have long recesses. Companies I'm involved with rent out Australian State Parliaments (not the Federal one in Canberra) on a regular basis to hold forums and conferences, it appeals to people's vanity and makes them think someone's listening to what they're saying.
posted by joannemullen at 3:38 AM on May 12, 2011

As per Nasim Talib's Black Swan argument, the way to prepare for a low-probability-catastrophic-consequence event is to build redundancy into the system.

In this case that means establishing human settlements outside of the Earth.
posted by mono blanco at 4:35 AM on May 12, 2011

What about protecting us from Space Madness
posted by Flood at 4:38 AM on May 12, 2011 [1 favorite]

"The single simplest reason why human space flight is necessary is this, stated as plainly as possible: keeping all your breeding pairs in one place is a retarded way to run a species."
- Warren Ellis
posted by _Lasar at 5:35 AM on May 12, 2011 [2 favorites]

Flood, nothing can prevent Space Madness. And stop coveting my ice cream bar already.
posted by a snickering nuthatch at 5:45 AM on May 12, 2011 [3 favorites]

This conference falls into that category of discussions that I know little about but would totally attend if I had the time and money.
posted by dry white toast at 7:26 AM on May 12, 2011

Isn't this something we could solve by weaponizing MetaFilter?
posted by Eideteker at 8:20 AM on May 12, 2011

Their conclusion: Keep one small rock around and rack up points by shooting flying saucers.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 3:55 PM on May 12, 2011

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