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01 October 2022 17:00 Export to Calendar

Aula Magna di Palazzo del Bo

Via VIII febbraio, 2
Padova, Pd 35122 Italia

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1 October 2022 @ 17:00 - 19:00

The planetary defence partnership of NASA and ESA to save Earth from asteroids. Presenting the event NASA ed ESA unite per difendere la Terra da impatti di asteroidi: le missioni DART ed HERA (NASA and ESA join forces to defend Earth from asteroids: the DART and Hera Missions) as part of the program to celebrate the 800th Anniversary of the University of Padua.

Organized by Monica Lazzarin of the University of Padua and Ian Carnelli of the European Space Agency, the event aims to celebrate the NASA and DART missions set to divert the orbital impact of an asteroid. Scheduled for 2024, the ESA Hera mission will explore the outcomes of NASA’s DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) collision with Dimorphos and study the smaller “moonlet” Didymos asteroid in more detail.

This historical event marks the first attempt by humans to shift the orbit of an asteroid, as the DART spacecraft collides itself with the asteroid.

Following the institutional greetings by Andrea Zanella, Vice Rector of Information Technologies and ICT Communication, professors and experts will discuss this historical mission. As the University welcomes, Professor Monica Lazzarin (UniPD Department of Physics and Astronomy, Investigation Team Member of DART, and Science Management Board Member of Hera), Ettore Perozzi (Senior Scientist of the Space Research Unit of the Science and Research Directorate of ASI), Patrick Michel (Director of Research at CNRS at the Côte d’Azur Observatory, Principal Investigator of Hera, and Investigation Team Member of DART), Paul Abel (Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration, NASA Johnson Space Center. Investigation Team Member of DART and Science Management Board Member of Hera), Professor Michele Lavagna (Milan Polytechnic Department of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies and Head of the Mission Analysis Team), Ian Carnelli (ESA Project Manager of Hera), and Margherita Cardi (Program Manager at Tyvak International, and Program Manager for the Hera Milani CubeSat satellite).
The event concludes with a special greeting from the co-founder and guitarist of the rock band Queen, Brian May, who is also an astrophysicist.

Rossella Spiga of the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics moderates the event.

The event is organized thanks to the collaboration of Fiorangela La Forgia and Gabriele Umbriaco of the University of Padua.

Registration is required to participate.

The event is part of the Science4All initiative that aims at communicating science in a simple and engaging way. Schedule from September 26 to October 2, 2022, this first edition of Science4All includes hundreds of activities intended for children, families and audiences of all ages.

Organized by

dipartimento di fisica e astronomia

With the participation of

ESA - hera


The Science4All initiative is supported by

Main sponsor


With the contribution of

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo

Institutional partner

Camera di Commercio Padova

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