The ESF IMPACT programme aims at understanding the effects of asteroid and/or comet impacts on the development and evolution of the Earth. The programme is broadly interdisciplinary, gathering scientists from fields covering the whole realm of the Earth, Life, and Environmental Sciences. Impact is a key and common process in the solar system. In July 1994, the crash of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 on planet Jupiter provided a “live” demonstration that the universe is indeed a violent place.
Astronomers and planetary scientists are familiar with such catastrophic events.