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NASA Live Video Chat: Let’s Talk About Meteors, Meteorites and Comets

By SpaceRef Editor
January 18, 2012
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Join Dr. Bill Cooke and Rhiannon Blaauw, two meteor experts, during this video Web chat at noon EST on Jan 12, 2012, and get answers to your questions about meteors, meteorites and comets and their potential danger to spacecraft.

Cooke, the lead for NASA’s Meteoroid Environmental Office, and Blaauw, a meteor physicist, both have astronomy degrees and work in the Meteoroid Environment Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. They provide NASA with models of the meteoroid environment, which are used in the design of protective shields on spacecraft. They analyze meteor observations data collected by equipment such as radar and all-sky and low-light-level cameras.

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