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Asteroid Day LIVE
Asteroid Day LIVE, which debuted in 2017 and expanded last year to 48 hours of live programming, is the first-ever global conversation about asteroids. It is produced by the Asteroid Foundation and broadcast live from the Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) studio at RTL City in Luxembourg. Asteroid Day LIVE returns in 2019, with an expanded five days of online, broadcast and webcast content and commentary from international experts, fiveastronauts/cosmonauts, scientists, physicists, educators, and government officials and special guests who serve as Asteroid Day ambassadors. This year will also include five Luxembourg-based space startup companies and five featured global independently organized Asteroid Day events from five different countries.
Participants in Asteroid Day LIVE 2019 (announced to date):
● Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, ESA
● Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Economy, Government of Luxembourg
● Marc Serres, CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency
● Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, United Nations Office of Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
● Georges Schmit, Special Envoy for Space Resources, Government of Luxembourg; Asteroid Foundation Chair
● Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 Astronaut; Asteroid Day Co-founder
● Ed Lu, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; three-time NASA astronaut (STS 84, 106 and ISS Expedition 7).
● Nicole Stott, Mission Specialist (STS 128, 133 and ISS Expeditions 20, 21); Astronaut Artist
● Dorin Prunariu, first and only Romanian cosmonaut; Asteroid Day Ambassador
● Alexander Misurkin, Cosmonaut, ISS Commander 2018, Russia
● Danica Remy, President, B612 Foundation; Asteroid Day Co-founder
● Simon (Pete) Worden, President, Breakthrough Institute; former Director, NASA Ames Research Center
● Frans Van Der Donck, Space Policy Expert, The Netherlands
● Ian Carnelli, Project Manager, Hera mission (kinetic impactor validation), ESA
● Mark Boslough, Physicist, Sandia National Labs (ret.); Chair, Asteroid Day Expert Panel
● Lynne Jones, Co-Chair, LSST Solar System Science Collaboration; Asteroid Day Expert Panel
● Robert Jedicke, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; University of Hawaii, US, Institute for Astronomy
● Patrick Michel, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; Senior Researcher, CNRS, Lagrange laboratory of Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur; Co-I of Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-Rex; lead scientist, ESA Hera mission, France
Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg will be distributed via a dedicated satellite, available on local channels subscribing to the SES satellite network, and via the Asteroid Day website. For archived programs of 2017 and 2018, see: www.youtube.com/user/
Luxembourg’s Ministry of Education, SpaceResources.lu and National Museum of Natural History are organizing events throughout the country. The Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria, will showcase the world’s largest meteorite collection. In Greece, the new Hellenic Meteorite Museum is hosting a variety of events.
Themes of Asteroid Day 2019 range from the science of asteroids in the formation of our solar system to discussions of new space industries accelerating technologies to advance space-based activities. Activities will importantly also highlight the current missions advancing efforts to identify the characteristics and trajectories of asteroids and develop greater detection, tracking and deflection techniques: DART, the first demonstration of a kinetic impact technique to change the motion of an asteroid in space.; (NASA/ESA); and two study and sample return missions: Hayabusa 2, (JAXA); and OSIRIX REx (NASA).
Preview of 2019 ASTEROID DAY Events in Luxembourg
Information for public participation at the website
● 27 June: Technical Briefing with Asteroid Experts (by invitation)
● 28 June: Asteroid Day LIVE Global Broadcast-Webcast, produced at RTL Studios
● 29 June: Astronaut and Asteroid Expert meet and greet (public)
● 29 June: Gala Dinner in the unique Cercle Cité, Downtown Luxembourg (tickets on sale)
● 30 June: Asteroid Day at the National Museum of Natural History: Guided tours of the Meteorite Collection and “Universe” Exhibition; Public Lecture “Asteroids… can we deal with the danger?”; Asteroid Workshop for Youth