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Introducing: Asteroid Day LIVE Speakers

Brian Cox

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Asteroid Day LIVE Speakers from Luxembourg

Time is running fast! There’s officially only one month left until Asteroid Day 2017 and our live broadcast programme is taking clear forms. The schedule is set, the outline drafted, a studio set being built and most of the speakers confirmed. Here’s our rundown of whom you can expect during the 6 hours live from Luxembourg on June 30th from 12 – 6 PM (Berlin time / UTC+2). This line-up in addition to the many guests and speakers over the course of the 24-hour-live-broadcast during the other programme slots by our partners at ESA, JAXA, NASA, the University of Arizona and many others.

We count ourselves fortunate to have gained Brian Cox as host for the 6-hours broadcast live from Luxembourg. Brian Cox is an English physicist and professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester, Officer of the Order of the British Empire and Fellow of the Royal Society who  appeared in many science programmes on the BBC.


First, there are the participating international astronauts. 5 of them have been confirmed so far.

  • Jean-François Clervoy, French ESA astronaut who flew 3 times aboard space shuttles Atlantis and Discovery, to study the atmosphere, to resupply the Russian Mir space station, and to repair the Hubble space telescope. He is also the founder and chairman of the Zero-G parabolic flight program in Europe.
  • Ed Lu, American NASA astronaut who flew on two space shuttle missions, a Soyuz mission, and a long duration ISS mission, logged nearly 206 days in space. Ed is the co-founder of B612 Foundation and a recipient of NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal.
  • Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, the first and only Romanian astronaut, former president of the Romanian space agency, and founding member of the Association of Space Explorers. (Asteroid Day recently wrote a blog post about an asteroid named after him.)

  • Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut performing the first EVA of the Apollo programme, co-founder of the Association of Space Explorers, the B612 Foundation, and Asteroid Day.
  • Nicole Stott, Artist and American NASA astronaut, flew on the space shuttles Atlantis and Discovery (including the final flight of Discovery) and lived and worked for over 100 days on the ISS. She took part in the assembly and scientific mission of the station, and was the first to fly the robotic arm to capture a free-flying HTV. She is now sharing the awe of spaceflight through her artwork.

Astrophysicists, Astronomers, Asteroid Experts & Special Guests

For in-depth knowledge about space and asteroids, we turn towards our panel of astrophysicists and astronomers, a diverse group that will certainly cover all your asteroid-related questions.

  • Mark Boslough, expert on planetary impacts, and chair of the Asteroid Day Expert Panel (ADXP) with a BS degree in physics and a MS and PhD in applied physics. He was the first US scientist to visit the site of the Chelyabinsk airburst, his simulations of the event appearing on the covers of Nature in November, 2013, and Physics Today in September, 2014. Retired after a career at Sandia National Laboratories, he is now an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
  • Ian Carnelli, is the General Studies Programme Manager at the European Space Agency. He has been working on asteroid mission concepts over the past ten years and is currently the Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) manager, ESA’s contribution to the joint ESA-NASA Asteroid Impact and Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission. Binary asteroid 1991 PA11 is named after him.
  • Stuart Clark, English science writer and journalist for The Guardian with a PhD in astrophysics and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He also divides his time between writing books, and writing articles for New Scientist, where he is a consultant.

  • Matt Dawson, passionate English amateur astronomer for over 50 years, based in Luxembourg, and winner of the 2001 Planetary Society Shoemaker Award for his NEA work, Matt Dawson runs the NEA observing programme at the Observatoire des Côtes-de-Meuse in France (on behalf of Luxembourg’s National Museum of Natural History). He works as a professional musician and is active in NEA education throughout Europe.
  • Julia de León, a doctor in Astrophysics at the Instituto Astrofísica de Canarias, in Tenerife on the Canary Islands where she works on the mineralogical characterisation of near-Earth and main belt asteroids through the analysis of their visible and near-infrared spectra. She is a member of the science team of the NASA OSIRIS-REx sample-return mission.
  • Alan Fitzsimmons is Professor of Astronomy at the Queen’s University Belfast Astrophysics Research Centre, and is a member of the Pan-STARRS, LSST and NEOShield-2 Science teams. He studies asteroids and comets throughout the Solar system, and led observations of asteroid 2008TC3 just 4 hours before Earth impact.

  • Marco Fuchs, attorney, owner, CEO and, since 2000, member of the executive board of OHB, one of the leaders of the European space technology industry, involved in all imaginable fields of the space business, from satellites, over manned spaceflight, exploration, and ARIANE launch systems to security/reconnaissance technologies.
  • Mario Jurić, is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington and a leader of the Solar System group at UW’s DIRAC Institute. His group is developing next generation asteroid discovery algorithms, including codes for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope. While still an amateur, with friends at Visnjan Observatory, he discovered hundreds of asteroids and one comet using a 40cm hand-made telescope and homebrew software.
  • Gianluca Masi, Italian astrophysicist with a PhD in astronomy and dedicated science communicator who started the Virtual Telescope Project in 2006, crowdsourcing observations of the universe. Fun fact: By studying the placement of the stars in it, he managed to determine the exact date that Van Gogh painted Nuit étoilée.

  • Susan McKenna-Lawlor, Irish astrophysicist and professor emerita at Maynooth University in Ireland. Her company Space Technology Ireland Ltd. has been responsible for designing many instruments and experiments launched by five leading space agencies. She is Irish representative on the Steering Board of Rosetta’s Philae lander.”
  • Patrick Michel, French planetary scientist with a PhD in Astrophysics, senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and leader of the “Theories and observations in Planetology” team at the Lagrange Laboratory of the Côte d’Azur Observatory in Nice. He serves as Co-I of the two asteroid sample return missions, NASA’s New Frontiers OSIRIS-REx and JAXA’s Hayabusa2, and as PI of the Asteroid Impact Mission project during its study at ESA.
  • Naomi Murdoch, is a researcher at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO) with a PhD in Physics and Planetary Science. She is currently working on two Mars projects: the InSight mission, scheduled to launch in May 2018; and the Mars Microphone, which will fly on the Mars 2020 mission. Her research also includes studying how asteroid surfaces behave in the low-gravity environment, and developing techniques to probe the physical properties of asteroids.

  • Markus Payer, Vice President, Corporate Communications & PR at SES, the global satellite operator whose satellites reach 99% of the World’s population, delivering TV programming to over 1 billion people in 325 million homes worldwide.
  • Ruy Pinto, Deputy Chief Technology Officer at SES and former chair of UK Space, the UK space industry trade association. He has a background in electronics and data communications.
  • Danica Remy, Asteroid Day co-founder and CEO of the B612 Foundation, has successfully led operations for cutting edge organisations in the areas of technology and public benefit corporations.

  • Grig Richters, Asteroid Day co-founder, director, producer, and activist, whose film 51° North inspired Asteroid Day and the idea of a global day to raise awareness of asteroids.
  • Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg, and the driving force behind Luxembourg’s SpaceResources.lu initiative.
  • Frans von der Dunk, Professor of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, holding a Doctorate in Space Law from the University of Leiden. The first lawyer ever, to be a member of the European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) of the European Space Foundation (ESF) and sole lawyer on the Panel on Asteroid Threat Mitigation established by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) in 2007. In his function as expert on space law, he advised several governments, international organisations and space agencies.

  • Kyle Acierno, Managing Director of ispace Europe. ispace is managing the front running Google Lunar XPRIZE team Hakuto and, with offices in Luxembourg, Japan, and the USA, has aspirations to utilize the resources on the Moon. Kyle holds a Masters in Space Studies from the International Space University and a Bachelors in International Security from Simon Fraser University, Canada.
  • S. Pete WordenPhD in astronomy, current Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and Executive Director of Breakthrough Starshot, Brigadier General in the US Air Force, and Director of NASA Ames Research Center from 2006-2015.
  • Jean-Louis Schiltz is a tech law advisor and an honorary University professor. He advises the Luxembourg Government on the legal aspects of space activities. He is a member of the advisory board of SpaceResources.lu. He is also the Chairman of the board of CLT UFA, a sister company of BCE. SpaceResources.lu and BCE are global sponsors of the Asteroid Day. From 2004 to 2009, Jean-Louis Schiltz was a Cabinet minister in Luxembourg.

As mentioned above, the entire programme from Luxembourg will be moderated by Brian Cox – so no reason not to tune in on June 30th from 12pm (Berlin Time / UTC+2) on!

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (April  14, 2017) – The Government of Luxembourg and executives of Asteroid Day have announced the selection of Luxembourg as the official headquarters for the Asteroid Day organization. The announcement was made during an official tour of Silicon Valley space organizations by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg and a delegation led by Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of Luxembourg.

Asteroid Day is a United Nations’ sanctioned event dedicated to the education and awareness of asteroids, and in particular the protection of Earth from dangerous impacts. Asteroid Day was launched in 2015, under the leadership of Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist of QUEEN; Lord Martin Rees, UK Astronomer Royal; US Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty Schweickart; Romanian Astronaut Dorin Prunariu, filmmaker Grig Richters; three-time US Astronaut and CEO, B612 Dr. Ed Lu; and Ms. Danica Remy, COO, B612. Activities for Asteroid Day are focused around the June 30 anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska asteroid impact, the largest in recorded history.

“The decision to locate and grow our Asteroid Day organization in Luxembourg is a result of the important leadership role the Luxembourg government is taking in furthering the investment in technologies and development of planetary science, and particularly asteroids R&D,” said Ms. Remy. “As a UN-sanctioned event with global reach, it was important for us to partner with leaders developing this important emerging field.”

“We are very pleased to be become the premier sponsor of Asteroid Day and welcome the organization to Luxembourg,“ stated Luxembourg Deputy Minister Étienne Schneider. “In addition to the excitement that our SpaceResources.lu initiative is generating across the world, hosting the Asteroid Day headquarters in Luxembourg offers the Grand Duchy an additional opportunity to set its course in the space sector where the country is becoming increasingly important.”

Remy also made the announcement that the Luxembourg Aeronautics and Space Group (GLAE) and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce will be joining OHB SE and SES as Asteroid Day sponsors.

Earlier this year, Luxembourg announced they will be hosting Asteroid Day Live from Luxembourg, a 24-hour live broadcast of global Asteroid Day activities and educational programming on June 30. The broadcast is being made possible by Asteroid Day Sponsors  SES, BCE and OHB SE, along with other Luxembourg and global companies. The live broadcast from Luxembourg will reach 99 percent of the world’s population with access to TV, and millions more via independent streaming platforms, including YouTube.

Asteroid Day 2017

In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly recognized Asteroid Day as an official UN event and declared it to be held internationally each year on June 30, the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact in recent history, the 1908 Tunguska impact. The UN resolution  invites all United Nations Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organizations, as well as civil society, including non-governmental organizations and individuals to observe Asteroid Day.

In preparation for the 2017 Asteroid Day, 187 regional coordinators across 114 countries are organizing events which will involve close to 500,000 participants, with the goal of reaching millions of people through “live” broadcast and online activities. Key events will be held at Imperial College London where the first British astronaut, Helen Sharman, will chair a day of activities with asteroid experts; The National Science Center in South Korea, Copernicus Museum in Warsaw, and the University of Arizona, USA, among 16 premier events across the globe.

A full list of activities for 2017 are listed on the Asteroid Day website: asteroidday.org/event-guide.

New sponsors announced for Asteroid Day include: Luxembourg Aeronautics and Space Group (GLAE) and the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce joining  OHB SE, SES, B612, CISCO, ASE, ESA, Discovery Science, European Southern Observatory, International Space University, Secure World Foundation and the continued support of more than 30 partners joining for Asteroid Day 2017.

Sponsor Profiles

OHB System AG is one of the three leading space companies in Europe. It belongs to the listed high-tech group OHB SE (ISIN: DE0005936124, Prime Standard), where around 2,200 specialists and system engineers work on key European space programs. With two strong sites in Bremen and Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich and 35 years of experience, OHB System AG specializes in high-tech solutions for space. These include low-orbiting and geostationary satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications, science and space exploration as well as systems for human space flight, aerial reconnaissance and process control systems.

Further information available at: www.ohb-system.de

SES is the world’s leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in four key market verticals (Video, Enterprise, Mobility and Government). It provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions, and businesses worldwide. SES’s portfolio includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) television reach in Europe, and O3b Networks, a global managed data communications service provider. Another SES subsidiary, MX1, is a leading media service provider and offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. Further information available at: www.ses.com

(BCE) Broadcasting Center Europe is a European leader in technical services in the areas of television, radio, production and postproduction, telecommunication and IT. With its extensive experience on the media market, our team provides high-quality services and will always find the solution that matches your project and budget. With more than 200 highly qualified and motivated people, BCE serves about 400 clients in various sectors, such as TV channels, radio stations, film distributors, producers, advertising companies, telecommunications operators and public services.



Government of Luxembourg: Paul Zenners Tel. +352 621 409 141

Asteroid Day Organization: USA: Diane Murphy Tel. +1.310.658.8756; Europe: Tel: +352 691 568 017

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Asteroid Day Press Conference 2017

PLEASE NOTE:  ONLY if  you are part of the media and want to participate and ask questions then you will need to be connected via WebEx. Please email pr@asteroidday.org to request instructions.
For the general public when the press conference starts it will appear below which will start at 2.30PM CET on February 14. If you missed the press conference then you can watch the archived video, here.

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RSVP to: pr@asteroidday.org for links to audio and video, as well as to schedule one-on-one interviews.


Added: Lord Martin Rees will address the press conference from Cambridge

Luxembourg City – Address: Cisco Systems, Avenue JF Kennedy 46A, 4th Floor, Luxembourg L-1855. RSVP here for to attend.

Berlin – Address: Cisco Systems, Kurfuerstendamm 22 | 12th Floor | Berlin D-10719. RSVP here to attend.

Bucharest, Romania – Cisco Center

San Jose, California – Cisco Center

London – Cisco Center

  • Debbie Lewis, Asteroid Day Risk Management expert; Expert Panel Deputy Chair




US: Diane Murphy (pr@asteroidday.org); Tel. +1310.6588756

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Download the press release: DOCX or PDF. It has been translated into Spanish, Italian, German, Hebrew and French, including astronaut quotes. Download the Press Kit: DOCX or PDF. Visit our Newsroom, here.


NEW YORK, NEW YORK (December 07, 2016) — The founders of Asteroid Day announced today that the United Nations General Assembly has officially recognized the annual event, declaring “30 June International Asteroid Day to observe each year at the international level the anniversary of the Tunguska impact over Siberia, Russia, on 30 June 1908 and to raise public awareness about the asteroid impact hazard.”

The UN Press release can be found at: http://www.unis.unvienna.org/unis/en/pressrels/2016/unisos478.html

“We are extremely proud of the UN recognition as we founded Asteroid Day to raise awareness of the asteroid threat and the opportunity for the human species to unite around a single goal: protect our planet from asteroid impacts,” stated co-founders Dr. Brian May, Danica Remy, Grig Richters and Rusty Schweickart. “Asteroid impacts are the only natural disaster we know how to prevent if we, as the crew of Spaceship Earth work together towards a global solution.”

Early in 2016, the ASE Committee on Near-Earth Objects introduced a formal recommendation in Vienna with the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) that the General Assembly adopt Asteroid Day as an annual global event.

The UN’s Committee has had a long-standing interest in improving its knowledge of the distribution and characterization of potentially hazardous near-Earth objects, and in predicting and mitigating the threat of a NEO impact, especially for developing nations through its two advisory bodies the International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) and the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG).

Through the leadership of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), an international organization of astronauts, cosmonauts and taikonauts, and B612, a private organisation to protect Earth from asteroid impacts, the first Asteroid Day was held on June 30, 2015. During Asteroid Day 2016, more than 500 asteroid-related educational events were held in 72 countries, involving more than 150,000 participants and reaching over one million people through “live” online activities.

At the official announcement of Asteroid Day on December 03, 2014, the organization launched the 100X Asteroid Declaration, which contained three principal goals:


  • Employ available technology to detect and track Near ­Earth Asteroids that threaten human populations via governments and private and philanthropic organisations. 

  • A rapid hundred­fold (100x) acceleration of the discovery and tracking of Near­ Earth Asteroids to 100,000 per year within the next ten years. 

  • Global adoption of Asteroid Day, heightening awareness of the asteroid hazard and our efforts to prevent impacts, on June 30, 2015. 


Today, the Declaration has been signed by hundreds of scientists and planetary experts, leaders in business and government and more than 40,000 private citizens. With the UN recognition, one of our three proposed actions has been fulfilled just two years after our initial launch.

Dr. Ed Lu, three time Shuttle Astronaut and CEO, B612: “The United Nations declaration of Asteroid Day is a testament to the importance of the international work by scientists and engineers around the world to protect the Earth from asteroid impacts.  If we do our job properly, the Earth should never be hit again by another large asteroid!”  

Jan rner, ESA Director General: “This international recognition shows how the subject of asteroids is becoming more and more of a global endeavour.”

Romanian Astronaut Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu: “ASE is proud of the important role it has played in originating, promoting, and supporting Asteroid Day and seeing it now recognized by the United Nations.”

British astronaut Tim Peake: “All the best for Asteroid Day. We only have one Earth so let’s do all we can to protect it.”

About Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day is a global movement to increase public awareness of potential asteroid collisions and the means to protect Earth. It was co-founded in 2014, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, Danica Remy, B612 Chief Operations Officer, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grig Richters. Asteroid Day is held on 30 June each year to mark Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event, which devastated over 2000 square km, the size of any major metropolitan city.

Media Contact: Diane Murphy; pr@asteroidday.org; +1.310.658.8756. You can also call Grig Richters in Europe: +49 15225672398

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NUEVA YORK, NUEVA YORK (Diciembre 07, 2016) – Los fundadores del día del asteroide anuncian hoy que la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas acaba de reconocer oficialmente el Día del Asteroide, declarando que “a partir de ahora cada 30 de junio se celebrará ese evento a nivel internacional para concienciar a la población acerca del peligro de impacto con estos objetos en el aniversario de la caída ocurrida en Tunguska (Siberia, Rusia) el 30 Junio de 1908”

El  informe complete de la Asamblea General puede leerse en: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/71/492

“Estamos enormemente orgullosos del reconocimiento de las Naciones Unidas dado que precisamente concebimos el Día del Asteroide para incrementar la conciencia colectiva acerca del peligro que suponen los asteroides y la oportunidad que representa unir a todos los seres humanos alrededor de un mismo objetivo: proteger nuestro planeta del peligro de impacto por asteroides,” han declarado los co-fundadores Dr. Brian May, Danica Remy, Grig Richters y Rusty Schweickart. “Los impactos por asteroides son los únicos desastres naturales que conocemos como prevenir si, como tripulación común de nuestra nave especial Tierra, trabajamos juntos para encontrar una solución global.”

A principio del 2016, el Comité ASE que estudia los Objetos cercanos a la Tierra (NEOs) introdujo una recomendación formal en Viena junto al Comité de las Naciones Unidas sobre los usos pacíficos del espacio exterior (conocido como declaración COPUOS) en el que la Asamblea General adoptó el Día del Asteroide como su día de conmemoración anual.

El Comité de las Naciones Unidas ha mostrado gran interés desde tiempo atrás en mejorar nuestro conocimiento sobre la distribución y caracterización de los NEOs potencialmente peligrosos, así como en predecir y mitigar el peligro asociado al impacto de estos objetos con la Tierra. Tales iniciativas buscan que las naciones desarrollen planes específicos mediante el asesoramiento de la Red Internacional de Advertencia de Asteroides (IAWN) y el Grupo de Planificación Asesor de Misiones Espaciales (SMPAG).

Mediante el liderazgo de la Asociación de Exploradores del Espacio (ASE), una organización internacional de cosmonautas, y la Fundación B612, una organización privada que protege la Tierra de los peligros de impacto por asteroides, el primer Día del Asteroide transcurrió el 30 de junio de 2015. La fecha fue seleccionada para reconocer el impacto de asteroide más devastador registrado en la historia, ocurrido sobre Tunguska ese mismo día en 1908, que destruyó cerca de 2000 kilómetros cuadrados de taiga en Siberia, Rusia. Durante el Día del Asteroide de 2016, más de 500 eventos educativos sobre asteroides fueron realizados en 72 países, e involucrando más de 150.000 participantes y cerca de un millón de participantes remotos mediante las actividades retransmitidas en vivo a través de internet.

Durante el anuncio oficial del Día del Asteroide realizado el 3 de Diciembre del 2014, nuestra organización lanzó la llamada Declaración de los asteroides al 100X, que contenía tres objetivos principales:

  1. Emplear y fomentar tecnología aplicable para detectar y seguir aquellos asteroides próximos a la Tierra que amenazan a la población a través de los gobiernos y las organizaciones privadas y filantrópicas.
  2. Acelerar al cien por cien (100x) el descubrimiento y seguimiento de NEOs hasta 100,000 anuales dentro de la próxima década.
  3. Adoptar a nivel internacional el Día del Asteroide a fin de incrementar la conciencia colectiva acerca del peligro de impacto y realizar los esfuerzos necesarios para prevenir impactos, el 30 de Junio del 2015.

Hoy en día, esa declaración ha sido firmada por cientos de científicos y expertos en ciencias planetarias, importantes hombres de negocios, gobiernos y más de 40.000 ciudadanos a nivel particular. Con el reconocimiento de las Naciones Unidas, una de nuestras tres acciones propuestas inicialmente ha sido completada en tan sólo dos años desde el lanzamiento de nuestra iniciativa.

Dr. Ed Lu, astronauta integrante de tres misiones del Transbordador espacial y oficial de operaciones de la Fundación B612: “La declaración de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Día del Asteroide constituye un testamento sobre la importancia del trabajo desarrollado a nivel internacional por científicos e ingenieros alrededor del mundo para proteger la Tierra de los impactos con asteroides. Si realizamos el trabajo apropiadamente, la Tierra no debería ser golpeada nuevamente por otro gran asteroide!” 

Jan rner, Director General de la Agencia Europa del Espacio (ESA): “Este reconocimiento internacional muestra como los asteroides se han convertido en un magnífico ejemplo de colaboración a escala internacional.”

El astronauta Español Pedro Duque declara: “Todos los astronautas estamos concienciados del riesgo de impacto de la Tierra con asteroides.  Por eso nuestra Asociación de Exploradores del espacio apoya decididamente el desarrollo de tecnologías operacionales para poderlos detectar y desviar.  Es para mí una gran satisfacción ver como el día de hoy la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas ha declarado el 30 de Junio como “Día Internacional del Asteroide”, reconociendo el valor del evento anual de concienciación de la sociedad que venimos celebrando desde 2014.”

Sobre el Día del Asteroide

El Día del Asteroide es un movimiento a escala global creado con la finalidad de incrementar el interés público acerca de potenciales colisiones con asteroides y el fomentar el desarrollo de medios para proteger nuestro planeta. Fue cofundado en 2014, por el Dr. Brian May, astrofísico y guitarrista de la banda de rock Queen, Danica Remy, oficial jefe de operaciones de la Fundación B612, Rusty Schweickart, astronauta de las misiones Apolo y el cineasta alemán Grig Richters. El Día del Asteroide se celebra cada 30 de junio para recordar el mayor impacto de un asteroide en nuestra historia contemporánea: ocurrido en Tunguska en 1908 y que devastó cerca de 2000 km2 de taiga siberiana, equivalente al tamaño de cualquier ciudad metropolitana.

Contacto para los medios: Diane Murphy; pr@asteroidday.org; +1.310.658.8756. También pueden llamar a Grig Richters en Europa: +49 15225672398, o, para información en castellano, a Josep M. Trigo, astrofísico del Instituto de Ciencias del Espacio (IEEC-CSIC): +34 937379788

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Nova York (07 de Dezembro de 2016) Os fundadores do Dia do Asteroide anunciaram hoje que a Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas acaba de reconhecer oficialmente o Dia do Asteroide, declarando que “a partir de agora cada 30 de junho se celebrará esse evento a nível internacional para conscientizar a população sobre o risco de impacto destes objetos no aniversário da queda ocorrida em Tunguska (Sibéria, Rússia) em 30 de junho de 1908.

O informe completo da Assembleia Geral pode ser lido em:


“Estamos bastante orgulhosos do reconhecimento das Nações Unidas pois precisamente criamos o Dia do Asteroide para aumentar a consciência coletiva sobre o risco que representa os asteroides e a oportunidade que surge de unir todos os seres humanos ao redor de um mesmo objetivo: proteger nosso planeta do risco de impacto dos asteroides”, declararam os co-fundadores Dr. Brian May, Danica Remy, Grig Richters e Rusty Schweickart. “Os impactos de asteroides são os únicos desastres naturais que sabemos como prevenir se, como tripulantes de nossa nave espacial Terra, trabalharmos juntos para encontrar uma solução global”.

No início de 2016, o Comitê ASE que estuda os objetos próximos da Terra (NEOs) introduziu uma recomendação formal em Viena junto ao Comitê das Nações Unidas sobre o uso pacífico do espaço exterior (conhecido como Declaração COPUOS) para que a Assembleia Geral adotasse o Dia do Asteroide como dia anual de comemoração.

Há tempos que o Comitê das Nações Unidas tem mostrado grande interesse em melhorar nosso conhecimento sobre a distribuição no espaço e as características dos NEOs potencialmente perigosos, além de prevenir e diminuir o risco associado ao impacto destes objetos com a Terra. Tais iniciativas buscam que as nações desenvolvam planos específicos mediante o assessoramento da Rede Internacional de Alerta de Asteroides (IAWN) e do Grupo Consultivo de Planejamento de Missões Espaciais (SMPAG).

Através da iniciativa da Associação de Exploradores do Espaço (ASE), uma organização internacional de astronautas, e a Fundação B612, uma organização privada criada para proteger a Terra dos riscos de impacto por asteroides, o primeiro Dia do Asteroide ocorreu em 30 de junho de 2015.  A data foi escolhida para lembrar o impacto de asteroide mais devastador registrado na história, ocorrido sobre Tunguska nesse mesmo dia em 1908, que destruiu cerca de 2.000 quilômetros quadrados de taiga na Sibéria, Rússia. Durante o Dia do Asteroide de 2016, mais de 500 eventos educativos sobre asteroides foram realizados em 72 países, envolvendo mais de 150.000 participantes e outros milhares de participantes remotos através das atividades retransmitidas ao vivo pela internet.

Durante o anúncio oficial do Dia do Asteroide realizado em 3 de Dezembro de 2014, nossa organização lançou a chamada Declaração dos Asteroides 100X, que continha três objetivos principais:

  1. Empregar e fomentar tecnologia aplicável para detectar e rastrear aqueles asteroides próximos à Terra que ameaçam a população, através dos governos e de associações privadas e filantrópicas;
  1. Aumentar em cem vezes (100x) o descobrimento e acompanhamento de NEOs em até 100.000 anuais dentro da próxima década;
  1. Adotar a nível internacional o Dia do Asteroide a fim de incrementar a consciência coletiva sobre o risco de impacto e realizar os esforços necessários para preveni-los, o 30 de Junho de 2015.

Atualmente, essa declaração tem sido firmada por centenas de cientistas e especialistas em ciências planetárias, grandes empresários, governos e mais de 40.000 cidadãos a nível particular.  Com o reconhecimento das Nações Unidas, uma de nossas três ações propostas inicialmente foi concluída em apenas dois anos desde o lançamento de nossa iniciativa.

Dr. Ed Lu, astronauta integrante de três missões de ônibus espacial (shuttle) e oficial de operacões da Fundação B612: “A declaração das Nações Unidas sobre o Dia do Asteroide constitui um testamento sobre a importância do trabalho desenvolvido a nível internacional por cientistas e engenheiros ao redor do mundo para proteger a Terra dos impactos de asteroides. Se trabalharmos corretamente, a Terra não será atingida novamente por outro grande asteroide!”.

Jan Wörner, Diretor Geral da Agência Espacial Europeia (ESA): “Este reconhecimento internacional mostra como os asteroides se transformaram num magnífico exemplo de colaboração em escala mundial.”

O astronauta Espanhol Pedro Duque declara: “Todos nós astronautas estamos conscientes do risco de impacto da Terra com asteroides. Por isso nossa Associação de Exploradores do Espaço apoia decididamente o desenvolvimento de tecnologias operacionais para podermos detectá-los e desviá-los. É para mim uma grande satisfação ver hoje a Assembleia Geral das Nações Unidas declarando o 30 de Junho como “Dia Internacional do Asteroide”, reconhecendo o valor do evento anual de conscientização da sociedade que temos celebrado desde 2014.”

Sobre o Dia do Asteroide

O Dia do Asteroide é um movimento em escala global criado com a finalidade de aumentar o interesse público acerca de potenciais colisões com asteroides e fomentar o desenvolvimento de meios para proteger nosso planeta. Foi criado em 2014, pelo Dr. Brian May, astrofísico e guitarrista da banda de rock Queen; Danica Remy, oficial chefe de operações da Fundação B612, Rusty Schweickart, astronauta das missões Apolo e o cineasta alemão Grig Richters. O Dia do Asteroide se celebra a cada 30 de junho para recordar o maior impacto de um asteroide em nossa história contemporânea: ocorrido em Tunguska em 1908 e que devastou cerca de 2.000 km2 de vegetação taiga siberiana, equivalente ao tamanho de qualquer cidade metropolitana.

Contatos para as mídias: Diane Murphy: pr@asteroidday.org; +1-310-658-8756. Também pode contactar Grig Richters na Europa: +49-15225672398.

Saulo Machado, coordenador nacional do Asteroid Day no Brasil: smfastro@yahoo.com.br

Coordenadores regionais no Brasil:

Região Centro Oeste – Clayton G. Saints: g.g.a.c.goiania@gmail.com

Região Sul – Cristian Reis Westphal: cienciaeastronomia@gmail.com

Região Sudeste – Eduardo Plácido Santiago: eduardopsok@gmail.com

Região Nordeste – Marcelo Zurita: marcelozurita@gmail.com

Região Norte – Yara Laiz Souza: yaralaizsouza@gmail.com

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New York, New York (7. Dezember 2016) ‒ Die Gründer von Asteroid Day verkünden heute die offizielle Anerkennung des jährlichen internationalen Asteroiden Tag am 30. Juni durch die Generalversammlung der Vereinten Nationen. Der 30. Juni wurde von den Vereinten Nationen zum Internationalen Asteroiden Tag erklärt um auf internationaler Ebene dem Jahrestag des Tunguska-Einschlags in 1908 in Sibirien (Russland) zu gedenken und die öffentliche Aufmerksamkeit über die Einschlagsgefahr von Asteroiden und Kometen auf der Erde zu steigern.

Der vollständige Bericht der UN Generalversammlung ist hier zu finden:


“Wir sind sehr stolz über die Anerkennung der Vereinten Nationen, da wir Asteroid Day gegründet haben um die öffentliche Wahrnehmung der Einschlagsgefahr durch Asteroiden und Kometen zu steigern und um der Menschheit die Gelegenheit zu geben sich mit einem gemeinsamen Ziel zu verbinden: Zum Schutze unseres Planeten vor Einschlägen durch Asteroiden”, berichten die Mitbegründer Dr. Brian May, Danica Remy, Grig Richters und Rusty Schweickart. “Asteroideneinschläge sind die einzigen Naturkatastrophen vor denen wir uns schützen können wenn wir als Besatzung des Raumschiffs Erde gemeinsam an einer globalen Lösung arbeiten.”

Anfang 2016 schlug ein Komitee der Association of Space Explorers (ASE) für erdnahe Objekte in Wien zusammen mit dem UN Ausschuss für die friedliche Nutzung des Weltraums (englisch Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, COPUOS) als formale Empfehlung der UN Generalversammlung vor, den Asteroiden Tag als jährliches globales Ereignis anzuerkennen und zu erhalten.

Seit langem schon ist das UN Komitee daran interessiert durch seine beiden beratenden Instanzen der International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) und der Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG) sein Wissen um die Verteilung und die physikalischen Eigenschaften von potentiell gefährlichen erdnahen Objekten (englisch near-Earth objects, NEOs) zu verbessern. Auch die Vorhersage und der Schutz vor der Bedrohung durch einen Asteroideneinschlag, insbesondere für Entwicklungsländer, werden von beiden Organen adressiert.

Unter Leitung der Association of Space Explorers (ASE), einer internationalen Vereinigung von Astronauten, Kosmonauten und Taikonauten, und mit Unterstützung der B612 Foundation, einer privaten Organisation zum Schutze der Erde vor Asteroideneinschlägen durch rechtzeitige Entdeckung, wurde am 30. Juni 2015 der erste Asteroiden Tag (Asteroid Day) organisiert. Dieses Datum wurde gewählt in Gedenken an den verheerendsten Asteroideneinschlag in der jüngsten Zeitgeschichte seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen, dem Tunguska Asteroideneinschlag in 1908 in Sibirien, Russland. Dieses zerstörerische Ereignis hat glücklicherweise keine Menschenleben gefordert sondern aufgrund der sehr spärlichen Besiedlung von Sibirien, „nur“ ca. 2000km² Land (mehr als 2x die Größe von Berlin) komplett zerstört.

Die Koordination von Asteroid Day 2016 führte zu über 500 Veranstaltungen und Vorträgen im Asteroiden-Kontext in 72 Ländern weltweit. Insgesamt nahmen mehr als 150.000 Menschen teil und über eine Million Menschen wurden über “Live”-Aktivitäten im Internet erreicht.

Bei der offiziellen Ankündigung des Asteroiden Tags am 3. Dezember 2014 startete die Organisation die 100X Asteroid Deklaration mit den folgenden drei Hauptzielen:

  1. Die Regierungen und menschenfreundlichen Organisation zu ermuntern, alle verfügbaren Technologien dafür einzusetzen erdnahe Asteroiden und Kometen zu entdecken, die den Menschen schaden können.
  2. Eine verhundertfachung der Entdeckungsrate von erdnahen Asteroiden und Kometen und eine signifikante Steigerung der unter Beobachtung gestellten erdnahen Objekte. Das zu erreichende Ziel ist eine Rate von 100.000 Entdeckungen pro Jahr innerhalb der nächsten 10 Jahre.
  3. Die globale Anerkennung des Asteroid Days am 30. Juni jeden Jahres, um das generelle Bewusstsein um die Gefahr durch erdnahe Asteroiden und Kometen zu steigern und gleichzeitig die Entwicklung von Schutz- und Abwehrmaßnahmen zu fördern.

Inzwischen ist die Deklaration sowohl von hunderten Astronauten, Wissenschaftlern, Experten, führenden Geschäftsleuten und Politikern als auch von mehr als 40.000 privaten Bürgern unterzeichnet worden. Mit der Anerkennung durch die Vereinigten Nationen konnte bereits eines der drei Ziele in nur zwei Jahren nach dem Start erfolgreich erfüllt werden.

Prof. Alan Harris, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR):

Aktuell sind erst annähernd 15000 erdnahe Objekte (near-Earth objects: NEO; Asteroiden und Kometen) entdeckt worden und jeden Tag werden circa 4 weitere gefunden. Während wir ungefähr wissen wie viele Objekte pro Größenklasse sich in erdnahen Umlaufbahnen bewegen, wissen wir bisher nur sehr wenig über ihre physikalischen Eigenschaften, wie ihre Zusammensetzung, ihre Dichte oder Struktur. Befristete Projekte wie NEOShield-2 helfen uns zu verstehen wie wir einen Asteroiden optimal ablenken können aber wir müssen immer noch viel mehr lernen, nicht nur über NEOs im Allgemeinen sondern auch über die technische Machbarkeit von Abwehrmethoden und deren Leistungsfähigkeit. Kurz gesagt: wir brauchen eine langfristige, international koordinierte Strategie zum Schutz der Menschen und zur Abwehr von Einschlägen erdnaher Objekte auf der Erde.

Jan Wörner, ESA Director General: “Diese internationale Anerkennung zeigt wie das Thema Asteroiden mehr und mehr ein Thema globaler Anstrengung wird.”

Dr. Ed Lu, dreimaliger Space Shuttle Astronaut und B612 Generaldirektor: “Die Erklärung der Vereinten Nationen über den Asteroiden Tag ist ein Zeugnis der Wertschätzung der internationalen weltweiten Arbeit von Wissenschaftlern und Ingenieuren zum Schutz der Erde vor Asteroideneinschlägen. Wenn wir unsere Aufgabe richtig machen, sollte die Erde nie wieder von einem neuen großen Asteroid getroffen werden.”

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Rumänischer Astronaut: “Die ASE ist stolz auf ihre prominente Rolle, die sie bei der Entstehung, der Förderung und bei der Unterstützung des Asteroiden Tages und der heutigen Anerkennung durch die Vereinten Nationen gespielt hat.”

Über Asteroid Day

Der Asteroiden Tag (Asteroid Day) ist eine globale Initiative um die Gefahr bewusst zu machen, die der Menschheit durch erdnahe Asteroiden und Kometen auf möglichem Kollisionskurs droht und gleichzeitig die möglichen Abwehr und Schutzmaßnahmen aufzuzeigen. Er wurde in 2014 von den Mitbegründern Dr. Brian May, Astrophysiker und weltbekannter Gitarrist der Rock Band QUEEN, Danica Remy (B612 Managerin des Operativen Geschäfts, COO), Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweikart und dem deutschen Filmemacher Grig Richters gegründet. Der Asteroiden Tag findet jährlich am 30. Juni in Erinnerung an den größten Asteroideneinschlag seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen, dem Tunguska-Einschlag in Sibirien, Russland, der in 1908 ca. 2000km² Land (mehr als 2x die Größe von Berlin!) komplett zerstörte.

Über NEOShield-2

NEOShield-2 ist ein EU unterstütztes Projekt zur Erforschung und Technologieentwicklung zur Abwehr von erdnahen Asteroiden und Kometen auf möglichem Kollisionskurs mit der Erde unter der Koordination von Airbus DS in Friedrichshafen. Weitere signifikante deutsche Beteiligungen werden durch das Institut für Planetenforschung vom DLR in Berlin und vom Ernst-Mach Institut der Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft wahrgenommen.

NEOShield-2 ist ein offizieller Partner des “Asteroid Day” und koordiniert die Aktivitäten deutschlandweit (Asteroid Day Deutschland), die Öffentlichkeitsarbeit in den sozialen Medien wird vom NEOShield-2 Team bei Airbus DS in Friedrichshafen am Bodensee betreut.

Medienkontakt: Diane Murphy; pr@asteroidday.org; +1.310.658.8756.

Grig Richters ist in Europa unter +49 152 25672398 erreichbar.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (7 dicembre, 2016) – I fondatori dell’Asteroid Day hanno annunciato oggi che l’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite ha ufficialmente riconosciuto l’evento annuale, dichiarando il “30 giugno International Asteroid Day (Giornata Internazionale degli Asteroidi, ndt) per ricordare ogni anno a livello internazionale l’anniversario dell’impatto di Tunguska, sopra la Siberia, in Russia, del 30 giugno 1908 e promuovere presso il pubblico la consapevolezza del rischio d’impatto da parte degli asteroidi.

Il rapporto completo dell’Assemblea Generale è disponibile qui:


“Siamo estremamente orgogliosi del riconoscimento dell’ONU poiché abbiamo fondato l’Asteroid Day per promuovere la consapevolezza del rischio posto dagli asteroidi e l’opportunità per la specie umana di unirsi attorno ad un obiettivo comune: proteggere il nostro pianeta dagli impatti degli asteroidi”, hanno dichiarato i co-fondatori Dr. Brian May, Danica Remy, Grig Richters e Rusty Schweickart. “Gli impatti asteroidali sono il solo disastro naturale che sappiamo come prevenire se noi, come equipaggio di questa nave spaziale che è la Terra, lavoriamo insieme per una soluzione globale.”

All’inizio del 2016, la ASE Committee on Near-Earth Objects ha introdotto a Vienna una raccomandazione formale presso la Commissione Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) dell’ONU, affinché l’Assemblea Generale adottasse l’Asteroid Day come un evento globale annuale.

La Commissione dell’ONU ha avuto un lungo e duraturo interesse nell’incrementare la propria conoscenza della distribuzione e caratterizzazione degli asteroidi potenzialmente pericolosi vicini alla Terra e nel prevederne e mitigarne la minaccia d’impatto, soprattutto per i Paesi in via di sviluppo, attraverso i suoi due organi consultivi: l’International Asteroid Warning Network (IAWN) e lo Space Mission Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG).

Attraverso la leadership dell’Association of Space Explorers (ASE), un’organizzazione internazionale di astronauti, cosmonauti e takionauti, e la B612, un’organizzazione privata per la protezione della Terra dagli impatti di asteroidi, il primo Asteroid Day si è tenuto il 30 giugno 2015. La data fu selezionata per riconoscere il più devastante impatto asteroidale nella storia scritta recente, l’evento Tunguska, che distrusse circa 2000 chilometri quadrati di foresta in Siberia, Russia. Durante l’Asteroid Day 2016, più di 500 eventi relativi agli asteroidi si sono tenuti in 72 Paesi, coinvolgendo più di 150.000 partecipanti e raggiungendo oltre un milione di persone grazie ad attività online dal vivo.

In occasione dell’annuncio ufficiale dell’Asteroid Day il 3 dicembre 2014, l’organizzazione ha lanciato la “100X Asteroid Declaration”, che conteneva tre obiettivi principali:

  1. Impiegare la tecnologia disponibile per individuare e seguire gli asteroidi near-Earth che minacciano la popolazione mondiale attraverso organizzazioni governative, private e filantropiche.
  2. Un rapido incremento di un fattore 100 (100x) nella scoperta  e nella mappatura degli asteroidi near-Earth fino a 100.000 l’anno entro i prossimi dieci anni.
  3. L’adozione globale dell’Asteroid Day, per innalzare la consapevolezza del rischio da asteroidi e il nostro sforzo nel prevenire gli impatti, il 30 giugno 2015.

Ad oggi, la Dichiarazione è stata firmata da centinaia di scienziati ed esperti di scienze planetarie, da leader in ambito governativo e del mondo del business e da più di 40.000 privati cittadini.  Con il riconoscimento dell’ONU, uno dei tre obiettivi proposti è stato conseguito a soli due anni dal nostro lancio iniziale.

Luca Parmitano, astronauta Italiano: “La minaccia da parte degli asteroidi è un problema internazionale che dovrebbe essere affrontato globalmente, interessando ad ogni livello tutte le nazioni coinvolte nell’avventura spaziale: dalle istituzioni educative ai centri di ricerca e alle agenzie spaziali.”

Dr. Ed Lu, tre volte astronauta Shuttle e CEO della B612: “La dichiarazione dell’Asteroid Day da parte delle Nazioni Unite è un testamento all’importanza del  lavoro internazionale di scienziati ed ingegneri di tutto il mondo volto a proteggere la Terra dall’impatto asteroidale. Se faremo il nostro lavoro nel modo giusto, la Terra non verrà più colpita da un altro asteroide di grandi dimensioni!”

Jan rner, ESA Director General: “Questo riconoscimento internazionale mostra come la questione degli asteroidi stia diventando sempre più uno sforzo globale.”

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, astronauta Rumeno: “L’ASE è orgogliosa dell’importante ruolo che ha giocato nell’organizzare, promuovere e supportare l’Asteroid Day e vederlo ora riconosciuto dalle Nazioni Unite.”

Riguardo l’Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day è un movimento globale volto ad incrementare presso il pubblico la consapevolezza della potenziale collisione da parte di un asteroide e l’intenzione di proteggere la Terra. Esso venne co-fondato nel 2014 dal Dr. Brian May, astrofisico e storico chitarrista dei Queen, Danica Remy, Chief Operations Officer della B612, l’astronauta Apollo Rusty Schweickart, e il regista tedesco Grig Richters. Asteroid Day si tiene ogni anno il 30 giugno per rimarcare il più grande impatto di un asteroide con la Terra nella storia scritta, l’evento Tunguska in Siberia, che devastò un’area di oltre 2.000 chilometri quadrati, la dimensione di qualsiasi grande citta metropolitana

Media Contact: Diane Murphy; pr@asteroidday.org; +1.310.658.8756. In Europa è possibile contattare Grig Richters: +49 15225672398

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Hundreds of events worldwide scheduled for Asteroid Day 2016

Asteroid Day 2016/ESA press conference

SAN FRANCISCO (June 17, 2016) – What began as a passion of a handful of individuals, a musician, filmmaker, technologist, scientist and astronaut, has become a global movement by thousands to increase awareness and education about asteroids. Supported by 22 global partners, scores of international agencies, 72 space travelers from 12 nations, leaders in business and finance, parents and youth, Asteroid Day 2016 will include hundreds of events on and around June 30, 2016.

Professor Stephen Hawking, who will participate in the Starmus Festival, an Asteroid Day event, states that “One of the major threats to intelligent life in our universe is a high probability of an asteroid colliding with inhabitable planets.”

“Our goal is to dedicate one day each year to learn about asteroids, the origins of our universe, and to support the resources necessary to see, track and deflect dangerous asteroids from Earth’s orbital path,” explains Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist, guitarist and songwriter for QUEEN who co-founded Asteroid Day.  “Asteroids are a natural disaster we know how to prevent.”

This is the premise of Asteroid Day.

Asteroid Day is held on the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in recorded history. On June 30, 1908, a relatively small asteroid (40 meters) exploded over Tunguska, Siberia, releasing the equivalent of 100 tons of TNT, devastating an area of about 800 square miles, the size of any major metropolitan city.

Events for Asteroid Day will be held on all five continents and include films, concerts, interactive workshops and expert panels with engineers, scientists and astronauts and special programs for youth.

San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences will host a day program for youth, followed by an evening program for adults, with screening of their newest planetarium show, Incoming!, exploring asteroids, comets, and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins.

New Film Series

Asteroid Day Co-founder Grig Richters will debut a seven-part film series, with an introduction by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of New York’s Hayden Planetarium. The series celebrates the work of asteroid experts, scientists, astronauts, and policymakers, with interviews with Mark Boslough, Stephen Hawking, Ed Lu, Bill Nye, Patrick Michel, Lynne Jones, Lord Martin Rees, Rusty Schweickart, and Carolyn Shoemaker. It also highlights upcoming missions to search for and study near-Earth asteroids: Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA) mission, a joint project of ESA and NASA; OSIRIS-REx, NEOCam and Hayabusa2.

The European Space Agency (ESA) is a premier partner of Asteroid Day. ESA asteroid specialists will be participating at public events in Barcelona, Munich and Heidelberg, sharing details of the European component of AIDA, as well as ESA’s Space Situational Awareness program.

“This program looks at Near Earth Objects, logging any that might one day pose an impact threat to our planet,” comments ESA Director-General Jan Woerner. “We are also proposing to start the Asteroid Impact Mission, to perform a close-up survey of a tiny asteroid while at the same time the NASA DART spacecraft crashes into it, attempting to shift its orbit.”

Asteroid Day media partner, Discovery Science, the only global network dedicated entirely to the wonders of science, will launch “Countdown to Asteroid Day” a special programming block beginning 20th June,  to be aired globally in the lead up to June 30 events. On Asteroid Day, Discovery Science will dedicate the entire day to asteroid programming, leading with two one-hour premiere titles: Man Vs. Asteroid: An Asteroid Day Special, and The Man Who Tweeted Earth, a profile of Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield. Discovery Science reaches 72 million US households and 97 million households  internationally across 159 countries and territories.

Founding partners of Asteroid Day include: The Association of Space Explorers, B612, California Academy of Sciences, The Planetary Society, Natural History Museum of Vienna, and  Starmus, which all will be hosting events in 2016.

Media materials, including a downloadable press kit with quotes from supporters and partners, photos, video, and BROLL, are available in the Asteroid Day Newsroom. View previous press releases, here.

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Media Contact: Diane Murphy (pr@asteroidday.org); +1/310.658.8756

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