From: Spaceguard UK
Posted: Saturday, December 29, 2001
Since the mid 1990s the issue of asteroid or comet impacts has become one of the hottest science topics in the public domain. However, over the past few years the public has often been given confusing and, equally often, inaccurate information.
On 1 January 2002 the Comet and Asteroid Information Network (CAIN) will become active. Co-ordinated by the Spaceguard Centre in Wales (the International Spaceguard Information Centre), science centres around the country are participating in the project. The aim is to provide timely, accurate and unbiased information on the subject of Near Earth Objects, the hazard posed to the Earth, the methods by which the risk can be reduced and current space policy issues to the public, politicians, decision makers and the media.
The Phase 1 Regional Centres are:
For Phase 2, the National Space Centre (Leicester) heads the list of institutions that have been invited to participate, and CAIN welcomes applications from science, educational and outreach organisations to join.
The government (British National Space Centre) will shortly announce the identity of the new National NEO Information Centre. Although the new Centre will not be able to comment on a number of aspects of the NEO hazard (due to contractual obligations to the BNSC) it is hoped that there will be close co-operation between it and the well-established Spaceguard Centre (Spaceguard UK) and its extensive network of national and international contacts.
JR Tate, FRAS Tel: 01547 520247 The Spaceguard Centre Fax: 01547 520247 Llanshay Lane Mobile: 07968 195625 Knighton, Powys E-Mail: email@example.com LD7 1LW Website: http://www.spaceguarduk.comThe Spaceguard Centre supported by NewHert Ltd. Internet services provided by PerfectArc Ltd.
REGIONAL CENTRE CONTACT DETAILS
Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
University of Glamorgan
Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre
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