Washington: To spread awareness and educate the world about asteroids, scientists recently announced "asteroid day". Along with it a 100x Declaration was also released to protect the future of Earth from asteroid impacts .
Three key actions are mentioned in The Declaration:
- Employ the available technology to detect and track near-Earth asteroids that threaten human populations
- A rapid hundred-fold (100x) acceleration of the discovery and tracking of NEOS
- Global adoption of Asteroid Day on June 30, 2015, to heighten awareness of the asteroid hazard and our efforts to prevent future impacts
100 noted scientists, physicists, artists and business leaders from 30 countries, including Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox, Anousheh Ansari, Kip Thorne, Stewart Brand, investors Shervin Pishevar and Steve Jurvetson, Alan Eustace and Peter Norvig of Google, Peter Gabriel, Jane Luu, Helen Sharman, Jill Tarter and more than 38 astronauts and cosmonauts signed this declaration.
This press conference was hosted by Astrophysicist Dr. Brian May, founding member and lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, joined Lord Martin Rees, the UK Royal Astronomer at the London Science Museum.
The central focus of the event was the release of a 100x Declaration , calling for the 100-fold increase in the detection and monitoring of asteroids. Lord Rees read the declaration, which resolves to "solve humanity's greatest challenges to safeguard our families and quality of life on Earth in the future.
The Founding Partners of Asteroid Day include The Planetary Society, Astronomy Magazine, Association of Space Explorers, California Academy of Sciences, Seattle's Museum of Flight, the Sentinel Mission, and Starmus.
(With Agency inputs)