Asteroid Day press conference set for Tuesday, February 9

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, February 04, 2016

**PRESS RELEASE**

ASTEROID DAY 2016 TO ANNOUNCE NEW PARTNERS AND
ORGANIZATION FOR WORLDWIDE EVENTS ON JUNE 30; PRESS
CONFERENCE ON FEBRUARY 9 CO-HOSTED BY ESA ESTEC IN THE NETHERLANDS

Building on the highly successful first-ever Asteroid Day in 2015, organizers, together with the European Space Agency, will announce partners and the addition of premier and independently organized events for Asteroid Day 2016, scheduled for June 30 around the world.

Date of Press Conference: February 9, 2016
Time: 15:00 CET (14:00 UTC/GMT)
Location: ESA ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, Netherlands
Speakers: See below
Media Access:
* In person at ESTEC or via the Internet
* Media is also invited to tour the ESTEC facility: Tour begins at 13:00 CET
* RSVP for ESTEC or remote attendance: PR@asteroidday.org
* Questions: forward via email to pr@asteroidday.org or via Twitter — #AsteroidDay
* Journalists requesting 1-1 interviews: contact Diane Murphy at pr@asteroidday.org
* Press conference will be webcast: RSVP for access instructions

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 2015 by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grig Richters. Asteroid Day is held on June 30 each year to mark Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event, which devastated over 770 square miles (2,000 square kilometers), the size of a major metropolitan city.

On Asteroid Day, people from around the world come together to recognize the collective responsibility to address asteroid impacts, the only natural disaster humankind can prevent through increased awareness and education. Events include lectures, films, expert science presentations and educational workshops, variously organized by museums, research institutes, government agencies, universities, astronomers, filmmakers, and concerned citizens. In 2015, on the inaugural Asteroid Day, partners organized more than 150 events worldwide, educating millions of people and generating some 4 billion media impressions.

Press Conference Participants:
* Host/Emcee: Dr. Stuart Clark, astronomy author and journalist
* Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist, co-founder of Asteroid Day
* Grig Richters, filmmaker and co-founder of Asteroid Day
* Franco Ongaro, director of technical and quality management, European Space Agency (ESA)
* Ian Carnelli, asteroid impact mission (AIM) manager, ESA
* Detlef Koschny, space situational awareness — near-Earth object co-manager, ESA
* Richard Moissl, Rosetta instrument liaison officer, ESA
* Dr. Patrick Michel, planetary scientist, sr. researcher at French National Center for Scientific Research
* Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, United Kingdom
* Dr. Mark Boslough, physicist and planetary defense expert; Sandia National Laboratories; adjunct professor, University of New Mexico; Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
* Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu, three-time shuttle astronaut; asteroid expert and founder/CEO, B612 foundation
* Romanian astronaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu; founding member, Association of Space Explorers and liaison to the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Space
* Astronaut Dr. Tom Jones, four-time shuttle astronaut; planetary scientist, chair, Association of Space Explorers Committee on Near-Earth Objects.
* Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and first Canadian spacewalker
* Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma, first Indian to space

Contacts:
Diane Murphy
Asteroid Day
+1 310 658 8756
pr@asteroidday.org

Ninja Menning
European Space Agency
+31 621 437 558
estecpr@esa.int

Additional information on Asteroid Day and the 100x Asteroid Declaration as well as photos and B-roll are available at http://asteroidday.org/newsroom

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