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The Space Generation Advisory Council is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.



Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defence is a volunteer made documentary about the current issues surrounding defending the Earth from asteroid and comet impacts. Scientists and astronomers have long worried about the potential devastation that an impact from space could cause, but recently engineers have been designing realistic missions to stop these natural disasters. In this documentary, international experts give their opinions on how to plan, pay for, build and safely execute a mission to stop an asteroid or comet.

All the views expressed by the interviewees are their own opinions and not necessarily that of their organisations.

Total film runtime: 29 minutes 06 seconds. Flash player is required to view this video.

English, Korean and Romanian Subtitles are available through the CC button in the youtube player

Directed by Andrew Bacon

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Editing, Co-Production and Motion Graphics by Gavin Childs

Gavin is currently in his final year (at Glamorgan University) studying BSc Creative Technologies, incorporating Video, Animation and Web based media. With a keen interest in motion graphics and video editing, and a passion for creativity he has been steadily building up his production portfolio and is very proud to add this project to it. Currently accepting freelance projects and opportunities - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Narration and Scriptwriting by Ryan Anderson

Since graduating from the University of Ottawa in 2004, Ryan has worked as a researcher for Defence Research and Development Canada, Space Systems and as a Satellite Engineer at Telesat. A long time space advocate, Ryan's associations have included AIAA, CASI, and Mars Society Canada in addition to the SGAC. With his first daughter now in kindergarten, Ryan is currently developing a space-education workshop for elementary school students - "This IS Rocket Science!" aims to foster interest in space, engineering, and science in a fun, hands-on workshop. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Other Contributors

Interviews conducted by Andrew Bacon and Tejal Thakore at 2009 Planetary Defence Conference

Animations by Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan and Jeffrey Rivera, Music by DoKashiteru: http://ccmixter.org/people/DoKashiteru

Korean Translation by Yeongju Kim

Original Concept by the 2008 Space Generation Congress NEO Working Group:

  • Andrew Bacon
  • A.C. Charania
  • Kat Corderre
  • Mary D'Souza
  • Yeongju Kim
  • Dae In Park
  • Tejal Thakore


All original content is published under the Creative Commons 3.0 Share-Alike License (A list of original and non-original content is shown at the end of the video). Must not be adapted or republished without permission from the copyright holder: Space Generation Advisory Council Logo, Spaceworks Engineering Ltd Images

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