Shore Leave 42 Guest: Timothy C Miller
will be speaking about:
- DART: NASA's First Mission to Test Planetary Defense via Asteroid Deflection
Dr. Miller is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, where he works on various NASA space and astrophysics projects. While hunting astrophysical neutrinos earlier in his career, he traveled to the South Pole five times and to Greenland once. He also received a NIAC (NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts) grant to look at measuring the depth of the ice sheets on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, a possible first step toward the search for life on such moons, by detecting the interactions of ultra-high energy neutrinos from an orbiting spacecraft. He's previously given presentations on his Antarctic astrophysics research at the World Science Fiction Convention. For the past two years, he's been the Image Analysis Lead on NASA's DART (Double Asteroid Rendezvous Test) mission, set for launch in 2021 and a rendezvous with asteroid Didymos B in 2022. DART will be NASA's first test of planetary defense via kinetic deflection. Dr. Miller will tell us all about DART and NASA's planetary defense program in general, including contrasts between Hollywood versions of the concept and the real thing...