NASA’s DART Mission and Optimism for Humanity in Climate Action

By Dr Beck

Ever since I talked to a friend and NU alumnus last Spring who, with me, struggled through four years of Astronomy and Physics to gain our degrees my optimism for Climate Action has been unremitting. Where others see darkness, we see opportunity and hope.

That friend is a scientist in one of the USA’s National Defense Labs. As an astronomer in the 1980’s there were few options, as he put it once. He now has worked with the lab team and a global committee to defend Earth from planetary impact of an asteroid. Think about that for a second. His battlefield is now Planet Earth. Isn’t that our battlefield in the Climate Action movement? We do it for our love of humanity and of Earth. Or as Luisa Neubauer recently said, “Climate activism is not only about the attitude to the crises, but also about an attitude to the beauty of this world. We look lovingly at the world and realize how tremendously beautiful it is – and could be – and how much we have to protect.”

If he and other scientists can be globally organized through their governments to defend Planet Earth from asteroid impact, cannot humanity likewise be organized to eliminate fossil fuels and defend against global-warming? This gives me great hope of what is possible given the leadership.

“Climate activism is not only about the attitude to the crises, but also about an attitude to the beauty of this world. We look lovingly at the world and realize how tremendously beautiful it is – and could be – and how much we have to protect.” – Luisa Neubauer

An example of the organization obtainable in planetary defense is => Apophis Planetary Defense Campaign

The DART mission by NASA is part of the campaign to defend Planet Earth from asteroid impact through kinetic impactors.

DART SPACECRAFT