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05 February 2007

YouTube Video: "Who will save Earth from an asteroid impact? Rusty has a plan!"

Cult of planetary defense personality?

"Who will save Earth from an asteroid impact? Rusty has a plan! Who is Rusty? This clip introduces Apollo IX, Spider and Gumdrop and astronaut Rusty Schweickart to you."

Link: YouTube Video ("Who is Rusty? Ode to Rusty")

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:17 AM

    For the seminal film on the topic of "Planetary Defense" visit Space Viz Productions at

    The film, available on DVD through their web site and, features the world's top thinkers, movers and shakers on this subject.

    Planetary Defense features:

    David Morrison (NASA AMES)
    Duncan Steel (Space Researcher, Author)
    Brigadier General Simon P. Worden (USAF, Retired)
    Donald K. Yeomans (NASA Manager, JPL NEO Program)
    Clark Chapman (SwRI)
    Daniel Scheeres (University of Michigan)
    Michael A'Hearn (Deep Impact, Principal Investigator, University of Maryland)
    Steven Ostro (JPL, Radar Research)
    Grant Stokes (LINEAR)
    Alan W. Harris (DLR, Berlin)
    Alan W. Harris (SSI)
    Robert J. Whiteley (University of Arizona)
    Richard Binzel (MIT)
    Michael Belton (BSEI, Belton Space Exploration Initiatives)

    Special Guests Include:

    Sir Arthur C. Clarke (Author, "2001: A Space Odyssey")

    Freeman J. Dyson (Physicist Emeritus, Princeton)

    David H. Levy (Co-Disoverer of 'Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9' which impacted with Jupiter in 1994)

    Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9 astronaut, Chairman ASE Committee on NEO's)


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