The History of B612 Foundation
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
In October of 2001, Ed Lu and Rusty Schweickart met with Piet Hut, Clark Chapman, and 20 top scientists at Houston’s NASA Johnson Space Center. The group wanted to explore scenarios around asteroid impacts and solve for those situations in a cost-effective manner. The group came to the conclusion that we currently had technology available that would be able to predict and prevent asteroid impacts.
From these initial meetings, B612 Foundation was established in 2002. During our first ten years as a volunteer organization, our focus was on asteroid deflection research and advocacy. The team developed several deflection concepts, ones that are accepted today as standard techniques to prevent an impact.
In this month’s newsletter, we want to share some highlights from the B612 Foundation archives and will share more in the coming months.