Patrick Michel

Patrick Michel

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Asteroid Day Affiliation:   

Dr. Patrick Michel is a planetary scientist, senior researcher at CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique), and leader of the team TOP (Theories and Observations in Planetology) of the Lagrange Laboratory at the Côte d’Azur Observatory. He is a specialist of the physical properties and the collisional and dynamical evolution of asteroids as well as the author or co-author of more than 90 publications in international peer-review journals, including the cover of both Nature and Science.

 Dr. Michel received a degree in Aeronautical Engineering and Space Techniques in 1993 before moving on to the study of asteroids. He received his PhD in 1997 at the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice for a thesis titled “Dynamical evolution of Near-Earth Asteroids.” In addition to his current duties at CNRS, Dr. Michel is also the PI of the ESA Hera mission that will measure the deflection of the secondary of a binary asteroid as a result of the impact of the NASA DART spacecraft in 2022. He is also PI of the project NEO-MAPP (Near-Earth Object Modeling and Payload for Protection) funded by the H2020 program of the European Commission and co-PI of the CNES-DLR rover that will be deployed by the JAXA MMX mission on Phobos, one of the Martian moons, in 2026. Dr. Michel also serves on several committees including the Space Program Committee (SPC) of CNES and the NEOMAP Committee (Near-Earth Object Mission Observatory Panel) of the European Space Agency. 

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Watch Patrick’s videos:
2022 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – Defense and Mitigation
2022 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – Origins of the Solar System
2021 Stereoscopic imagery of asteroids with Brian May
2021 About the Near Earth Object Modelling and Payloads for Protection (NEO-MAPP) Project
2020 ESA Asteroid Day Programme – French
2020 Asteroid Day LIVE – Preparing for the Future: Tools to Investigate Asteroids Panel
2019 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – Panel 4: Recent Asteroid Science Achievements
2019 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – Panel 10: Storytelling Tools for Complex Science
2018 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – Session 11
2018 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – Session 14
2017 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – History of Asteroid Day
2017 Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg – What Happens When Asteroids Hit
Patrick Michel answers the Question by Asteroid Day Update winner of August 2016
A message from Planetary Scientist Patrick Michel – Asteroid Day 2015