B612 Foundation

B612 Foundation

The B612 Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to protecting the Earth from asteroid strikes. Their immediate goal is to "significantly alter the orbit of an asteroid in a controlled manner by 2015".

The B612 project grew out of a one-day workshop on asteroid deflection organized by Piet Hut and Ed Lu at NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, on October 20, 2001. Participants Rusty Schweickart, Clark Chapman, Piet Hut, and Ed Lu established the B612 Foundation on October 7, 2002.

It is named for the home asteroid of the eponymous hero of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's "The Little Prince".

Financial status

The B612 Foundation is a California 501(c)(3) non-profit, private foundation. Financial contributions to the B612 Foundation are tax exempt. Its principal offices are in Tiburon, CA.

ee also

*Asteroid deflection
*99942 Apophis

External links

* [http://www.b612foundation.org/ B612 Foundation]
* [http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/technology/asteroid_deflection_030205.html In Defense of Earth Keeping Asteroids at a Distance]
* [http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa006&colID=1&articleID=000EB755-511C-1F7F-911C83414B7F0000 The Asteroid Tugboat: To prevent an asteroid from hitting Earth, a space tug equipped with plasma engines could give it a push] By Russell L. Schweickart (from "Scientific American")

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