Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart Champions ESA’s Hera Mission for Planetary Defense

Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart at Noordwijk’s Walk of Space, where his handprint joined those other space luminaries, during his visit to the Netherlands in October 2019. (Credit: ESA)

NOORDWIJK, Netherlands (ESA PR) — Having spent much of the 21st century developing planetary defence techniques, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart is a strong supporter of ESA’s proposed Hera mission. In general, when it comes to asteroid deflection, he says, two spacecraft are better than one.

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Conference to Examine NEO Risks and Opportunities

Near-Earth Objects: Risks, Responses and Opportunities
– Legal Aspects
Space & Telecom Law
April 23-24, 2009
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Rusty Schweickart will help lead a two-day conference later this month on the subject of near Earth objects sponsored by the University of Nebraska College of Law. The college is hosting the conference in conjunction with the Association of Space Explorers with Co-Sponsorship of the Secure World Foundation and Supported by the American Branch of the International Law Association.

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Can the “Children of Apollo” Help End Earth’s Conflict By Exploring Space?

The ‘Flight of the Spider’
BBC News

Schweickart’s epiphany had brought home to him the futility of war and the wasted resources and lives spent defending lines marking nations which he wasn’t even aware of from his privileged vantage point. He wrote that he wished he could “take a person in each hand, one from each side in the various conflicts, and say, ‘Look. Look at it from this perspective. Look at that. What’s important?'”

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