Saturday, June 18, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM PDT
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This is an hybrid event (Afternoon Session) (The Morning Session is Online Only).

Afternoon In-person attendance:

Geology Building, Room 3697 (Meteorite Gallery), or Room 3806 (EPSS Office) 
595 Charles Young Drive East
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Zoom connection information will be provided in the confirmation email after registration / RSVP.


Events/Program Chair, LA, AIAA Los Angeles Las Vegas section 
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section 

and also,

Dr. Nahum Melamed, Aerospace Corporation
Prof. Kevin McKeegan, UCLA/EPSS
Dr. Alan Rubin, UCLA Meteorite Collection

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AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section
Planetary Defense Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration mini-Conference 2022

(Morning Session : Online Only)
(Aftenoon Session : Hybrid Event)

with a guided tour + self tours to the UCLA Meteorite Collection/Gallery!

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10 AM PDT


2021-2022 marked another impressive year in Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration! We invite you and your family to get together, in person or online, in our Annual Gathering / Assembly on Planetary Defense and Asteroid Exploration this year (2022)! This year, we are so excited to arrange a guided tour (plus self-tours) during the event to the amazing UCLA Meteorite Gallery! You will get the closer encounters with the actual items from space and see them in front of your eyes! You will also get to hear from the leading experts and protectors of the Earth/Solar Systems from UCLA EPSS, Aerospace Corp., NASA, and more, to learn more about the exciting progresses like NASA's DART Mission, JAXA's Hayabusa2 etc. You will also learn from the experts about the new progresses in this important and exciting field, how to mitigate, along with some updates on the observation / tracking. It will be fun and bring closer to subject(s), issues, and threats/readiness.


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Disclaimer: The views of the speakers do not represent the views of AIAA or the AIAA Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section.
Indoor Masks are required all the time.
No food indoors.
Parking or transporation fees are not included in the ticket prices. They will be on attendee's own responsibility.

Tentative Agenda (All Time PDT (Pacific Daylight-Saving Time (US and Canada))

(Morning Session: Online Only)
(On Zoom)
10:05 AM PDT: Welcome (Dr. Nahum Melamed and AIAA LA-LV Section)
10:10 AM PDT: Dr. Andy Rivkin (Planetary Defenders: Protecting the Planet with The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART))
10:50 AM PDT: Prof. Madhu Thangavelu ("Novel Opportunistic Missions for NEO Exploration.")
11:15 AM PDT: (End of Morning Session)

(Intermission/Lunch Break/Self-Transportation to UCLA EPSS/Meteorite Gallery)
(In UCLA EPSS/Meteorite Collection/Gallery; Also on Zoom)
11:15 AM: Lunch Break, going to the UCLA Meteorite Gallery and EPSS Department, individually (No Lunch provided)

(Afternoon Session: Part I: UCLA EPSS Speakers and Meteorite Gallery tours)
(In UCLA EPSS/Meteorite Collection/Gallery; Also on Zoom)
01:15 PM PDT: doors open; check-in; set up
01:30 PM PDT: tour of meteorite gallery
01:50 PM PDT: Q/A session with Dr. Alan Rubin
02:00 PM PDT: move to Slichter Conference Room (refreshments served)
02:15 PM PDT: talk by Prof. Kevin McKeegan (JAXA/Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu)
02:45 PM PDT: Q/A in person and on-line; break
03:00 PM PDT: introduction of UCLA SPACE Institute initiative
03:20 PM PDT: Q/A
(Afternoon Session: Part II: Local non-UCLA speakers)
(In UCLA EPSS/Meteorite Gallery; Also on Zoom)
(Afternoon Session: Part II: Local non-UCLA speakers)
03:30 PM PDT: Dr. Nahum Melamed
03:35 PM PDT: Mr. Benjamin Wright and Ms. Roxanna Pakkar
04:05 PM PDT: Ms. Monica Maynard
04:35 PM PDT: Mr. Phil Groves
04:50 PM PDT: Dr. Nahum Melamed + Q&A
05:30 PM PDT: Adjourn
 Dr. Nahum Melamed

AIAA Distinguished Lecturer/SpeakerProject Leader, Guidance and Control Subdivision,
The Aerospace Corporation

(Non-UCLA Session Moderator)

"NEO Deflection App"|
"Planetary Defense Workshop and Team Exercises"


 Prof. Kevin McKeegan

Distinguished ProfessorInstitute of Geophysics and Planetary PhysicsDepartment of Earth, Planetary, and Space SciencesUniversity of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

(UCLA Session Moderator)

"JAXA/Hayabusa2 Mission to Asteroid Ryugu"


 Dr. Alan Rubin

Researcher - Curatorretired and recalled adjunct professor and curator of the UCLA Meteorite Collection

“Q/A session with Dr. Alan Rubin”

Dr. Andy Rivkin

Investigation Team Lead for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART)
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
"Planetary Defenders: Protecting the Planet with The Double Asteroid Redirection Test"

The Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), NASA's first flight demonstration for planetary defense, seeks to test and validate a method to protect Earth in case of an asteroid threat. The mission aims to shift an asteroid's orbit through a kinetic impact – specifically, by impacting the DART spacecraft into the smaller member of the binary asteroid system Didymos to change its orbital speed. Though the Didymos asteroid system poses no threat to our planet, it is the ideal target for this experiment; despite being 6.8 million miles away, Didymos is still close enough to Earth where it will be observable through ground-based telescopes before and after impact.  DART is currently being assembled and tested at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in preparation for launch in November 2021, followed by the kinetic impact into the asteroid in fall of 2022.

Bio: Andy Rivkin is one of two Investigation Team Leads for the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). He is an expert in asteroid studies with a focus on determining their compositions from telescopic measurements. Rivkin got his PhD in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona in 1997, and has been at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory since 2005. When not working, he’s likely to be watching baseball or noodling on his guitar.


Prof. Madhu Thangavelu

Director and Faculty Member, USC / ISU
"Novel Opportunistic Missions for NEO Exploration."

Mr. Benjamin Wright

Engineering Specialist, Guidance and Control Subdivision,
The Aerospace Corporation

"JPL Psyche Mission: Journey to a Metal Asteroid”

Ms. Roxanna Pakkar

Member of Technical Staff, Guidance and Control Subdivision,
The Aerospace Corporation

"JPL Psyche Mission: Journey to a Metal Asteroid”

Ms. Monica Maynard

LA School District STEM Director;
STEM Office, The Aerospace Corp.
“Planetary Defense Team Exercises”


Mr. Philip Groves

"Asteroid Hunters" IMAX Producer & Writer, Photo51, LLC
"Fostering public support for planetary defense through media"