Stardust, begun in February 2013, is a four-year research and training program looking into ways of removing space junk (such as fragments of defunct satellites which risk damaging functioning satellites if they collide with them), and ways to deflect asteroids which could have "potentially devastating consequences" if they crash into the Earth.[1][2][3][4] Stardust is an EU-wide programme, funded by the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) scheme.[5] The network is composed of ten full partners and four associated partner institutions across seven European countries.[5] There are five universities - University of Strathclyde (UK), University of Southampton (UK), Technical University of Madrid (Spain), University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) and University of Pisa (Italy) - plus the Astronomical Observatory Belgrade (Serbia), four research centres - German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche Italiano (CNR), French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the European Space Agency (ESA), and four companies - Deimos Space (Spain), Dinamica (Italy), Astrium Ltd (UK) and Telespazio S.p.A. (Italy).

In July 2015, the Stardust project won the 2015 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for achievement in space research.[6]

"Researchers at Strathclyde University will investigate hazardous asteroids and space debris in an attempt to protect our planet.".
"Strathclyde to lead the EU's 'Stardust' space debris project.".
"Scientists are already working on defensive technologies.".
"SCIENTISTS are to launch a multi-million-pound project aimed at finding ways of stopping an asteroid impact from destroying the planet.".
"Stardust, CORDIS web page".

"Winners of the Sir Arthur Clarke Awards 2015.".

External links

Stardust project homepage
DFKI Stardust project webpage
Dinamica Stardust project webpage
Stardust project Twitter page

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