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Robert Pearlman

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posted 06-27-2013 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
B612 Foundation release
B612 Foundation Launches Campaign with Auction Cause To Save the World from Asteroid Impacts

With a slogan of "Prevent The Next Tunguska," the B612 Foundation has launched a new campaign that will not only raise awareness for its mission: preventing life-threatening asteroid impacts, but also will auction for the first time, rare collectors' items flown on historic Apollo and US space shuttle missions.

Items for the auction — which begins at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) on Thursday, June 27 (0100 GMT June 28) — were donated by B612 Foundation CEO Dr. Ed Lu, three time US shuttle astronaut and 6-month crew member aboard the International Space Station, and B612 Chairman Emeritus Rusty Schweickart, Lunar Module Pilot on the historic Apollo 9 mission. Proceeds from the auction of these personal items flown into space will benefit the non-profit privately funded B612 Sentinel Space Telescope Mission.

"The B612 Foundation is carrying out a space mission on a scale that no other private organization is doing; we want to literally save the world. Not only will the money raised by this auction go to supporting the Sentinel Mission, but also we hope the increased attention to our cause will help everyone realize that they really can take a critical role in protecting our planet in a real and concrete way," continued Lu. "Both Rusty and I were privileged to see the Earth as few others have, and that experience has convinced us that there is nothing more important than the B612 Sentinel Mission – simply because there is no more important mission than protecting our home planet."

The threat of asteroids is real, and the odds of a major asteroid impact with a force capable of destroying any large city somewhere on Earth in your lifetime is 30 percent. To date, only about one percent or 10,000 of the nearly one million asteroids that could potentially hit Earth with enough force to devastate an entire metropolitan city have been observed and tracked. In just the first few months of operation, the Sentinel Space Telescope will surpass this total, and during the first five years of operation, will discover 50 times more Near Earth Objects (NEOs) than have been found by all other telescopes combined throughout history.

We have the technology to deflect these asteroids, but we cannot defend ourselves from an asteroid we have not yet seen. The B612 Sentinel Space Telescope will be the most effective asteroid detection and warning system ever built, and the only telescope capable of finding a million threatening asteroids. Sentinel will provide the missing capability that enables us to protect our planet from these potentially global scale natural disasters.

The last major asteroid impact was in Tunguska, Russia in 1908, where an asteroid destroyed an area larger than the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. More recently on February 15, 2013, we witnessed the close fly-by (17,000 miles from earth) of Asteroid DA-14 and also the real impact of a smaller asteroid near Chelyabinsk, Russia. "These events show us that we are playing a dangerous game of cosmic roulette," continued Lu.

eBay Giving Works Auction with Auction Cause

The B612 Foundation auction is being hosted on eBay Giving Works in partnership with Auction Cause, the recognized leader in cause marketing campaigns. All proceeds of the campaign will help to fund the Sentinel Space Mission – the only space telescope with the capability to find the more than 1 million asteroids that threaten earth.

Donated by Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut:

  • Apollo 9 Flown American Flag
  • Apollo 9 Robbins Medallion Lucite
  • Apollo 9 Command Module Silver Pin
  • Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pin
  • Apollo 9 Embroidered Patch
Donated by Ed Lu, three-time US Astronaut and ISS resident
  • STS-106 Mission Embroidered Patch flown aboard the United States Space Shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station, flown Sept 8-21, 2000
  • STS-84 Flown Mission Embroidered Patch, flown May 24, 1997
  • International Space Station Expedition 7 Flown Embroidered Patch: This Patch flew on a progress resupply ship and returned on a shuttle years later; launched May 2003-July 2005
The B612 auction items are featured at through July 7, and are listed through the eBay Giving Works Program. All proceeds will benefit the B612 Foundation.


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posted 06-30-2013 09:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurvetson     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I encourage the cS community to look into this. The auction items are one way to help, or you could make a charitable donation.

For less than the cost of the new wing on the Asian Art Museum in SF, we could have a complete mission placing a heliocentric satellite near Venus to detect and project the trajectory of all Earth-threatening NEOs for 100 years. We could protect all the artifacts.

Full disclosure - I have donated three times now, and enjoy the opportunity to learn from Ed and Rusty.

Robert Pearlman

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posted 07-03-2013 05:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Astronauts auctioning artifacts for asteroid-hunting space telescope

Two astronauts are now auctioning their personal space artifacts in a bid to help protect the Earth from asteroids.

Apollo 9 spacewalker Rusty Schweickart and International Space Station flight engineer Ed Lu have put up for sale flown-in-space mission patches, flags, medals and pins to support the launch of the private Sentinel space telescope designed to discover, map, and track asteroids with orbits that approach Earth and therefore are a risk to humanity.

Hart Sastrowardoyo

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posted 07-03-2013 10:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gee, they also could raise money by selling autographed photos...

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