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22 December 2005

Conference Update: ISDC 2006 Has Session on Planetary Defense (Currently Accepting Paper Abstracts)

The 25th International Space Development Conference (ISDC) will take place in Los Angeles from May 4-7, 2006. Sponsored by the National Space Society (NSS) and the Planetary Society, ISDC is a conference for specialists and non-specialists on a wide variety of topics, as NSS states: "ISDC 2006 will feature dozens of presentations, panel discussions, interactive exhibits and activities spanning the entire spectrum of space-related issues: exploration, tourism, science, technology, policy, and commerce."

ISDC 2006 will also have particular sessions on NEOs and planetary defense (Sessions 4.6 and 4.7 respectively).

Some of the speakers related to the topic of NEOs will include:
- Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut; Chairman, B612 Foundation
- Brig. Gen. Simon "Pete" Worden (USAF, Ret.)
- Dr. Brian Marsden, Director, Minor Planets Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Abstract deadline: Monday, February 1, 2006
Manuscript deadline: Friday, April 22, 2006

Link: Paper submission

Link: Main ISDC 2006 Conference

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