News

26 Sept. 2022 23:15 UTC
DART IMPACT on Dimorphos

Follow the first asteroid deflection test on the NASA life stream!.
Dart was launched on 24 Nov. 2021.
DART means Double Asteroid Redirection Test and is mankind's very first attempt to test the kinetic impact technique for asteroid deflection in order to prevent possible asteroid impacts on Earth in the future.
Impact on the asteroid is foreseen between 26 Sept. and 1 Oct. 2022.
See this mission summary and find all the details about the DART mission on the NASA mission website.
Also, don't miss out on the second, European, part of this adventure, ESA's HERA mission, which will be launched in 2024 to investigate the aftermath of the DART impact.

SPIN short course and SPIN workshop in May 2022
SPIN (Seismological Parameters and INstrumentation) is an Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA).
17-22 May 2022: SPIN Short Course 2 - Seismic Instrumentation, Carcans, France
22-28 May 2022: SPIN Workshop 2 - Physics & dynamic processes, Carcans, France

24 Nov. 2021
DART launch at 7:21am (UTC+1)

The launch can be followed online on the NASA life stream.
The launch window for NASA's DART mission is open between 23 Nov. 2021 till 15 Feb. 2022
Expected arrival at Didymos in Sept. 2022.

Jan. 2020:
The journal sensors is publishing a special issue on "Rotation Rate Sensors and Their Applications". Several PIONEERS related publications are published.

22 Dec. 2020:
The scientific manuscript Exploring planets and asteroids with 6DoF sensors: Utopia and realism by Felix Bernauer and the PIONEERS team has just been published in Earth, Planets and Space. The article is open access and can be downloaded here.

Upcoming Events

DART arrival at Didymos: Arrival is expected between 26 Sept. and 1 Oct. 2022. The exact time will be possible to determine after launch.

Past Events

The NASA spacecraft DART was successfully launched on 24 Nov. 2021 at 7:21am Central European Time (UTC+1)


On 8 October 2020, Ozgur Karatekin from the Royal Observatory of Belgium will give a presentation about "Asteroids as a threat and oppertunity" in the frame of Switch to Space: www.switchtospace.org.
You can register here.