Posted by Phil Larson on whitehouse.gov:
Now that asteroid 1998 QE2 has safely flown by the Earth and Moon, we won’t have another close visit from this particular space rock for about 200 years.
As part of the White House’s ongoing series of “We The Geeks” Google+ Hangouts (focused on highlighting science, technology, and innovation topics), we gathered some leaders in space exploration together for a pregame show to the near-miss of asteroid 1998 QE2.
These experts included:
•Lori Garver, Deputy Administrator, NASA
•Bill Nye, Executive Director, Planetary Society
•Ed Lu, former astronaut and CEO, B612 Foundation
•Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources
•Jose Luis Galache, Astronomer at the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center
Ways to Get Involved
There’s a competition for students and young professionals to share their most innovative ideas for a mission to an asteroid with the world’s leading space experts. Check it out at: http://www.spacegeneration.org/maa.
Have ideas for the next “We the Geeks”? Use the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+ and let us know! Also, you can sign up to receive updates about future “We the Geeks” hangouts at Whitehouse.gov/We-the-Geeks.