Advisory Board

The Advisory Board of the project consists of two experienced senior experts in asteroid space missions who will help to maximize the impact of the project, and one astrophysicist whose celebrity and expertise in stereo images will help to maximize the visibility of the project. The members of the Advisory Board are not part of the consortium, but provide knowledge, advice and key support from an external perspective. One Advisory Board member (Dr. Cheng, John Hopkins University, USA), is the co-lead of the DART mission, currently in Phase C study at NASA, to be launched in 2021 to perform the first kinetic impactor test on the moon of Didymos in October 2022. DART is part of the AIDA project, which includes the Hera mission currently under study at ESA. Therefore, the involvement of the DART co-lead in our Advisory Board is natural. Another Advisory Board member (Pr. Yoshikawa) belongs to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and is the project manager of the Hayabusa2 mission that currently visits the asteroid Ryugu to return samples to Earth in 2020 and is also the JAXA representative at the Space mission Program Advisory Group (SMPAG), which reports on the response to the asteroid hazard at UNCOPUOS.

Andy Cheng, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (Laurel, MD, USA) and co-lead of the NASA DART mission. Role: Advising and s...

Brian May, Ph.D.

Dr. Brian May is a co-founder of Asteroid Day and will act as an Advisory Board member on the NEO MAPP project. Dr Brian May, CBE, PhD FRAS, is a foun...
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Ian Carnelli

ESA, Hera Project Manager. Ian Carnelli is managing the General Studies Programme at the European Space Agency (ESA), responsible for the Discovery &a...

Makoto Yoshikawa

Professor at JAXA and mission manager of the Hayabusa2 mission. Roles: Advising and supporting the projects interdisciplinary work and synergy, with e...
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Michael Kueppers

Hera Project Scientist. Michael Kueppers is currently the Project Scientist of the European Space Agency’s Planetary Defense mission Hera. He is also...

Paul Abell

NASA Chief Scientist. Paul Abell is the Chief Scientist for Small Body Exploration in the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Division at...