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LONDON, UK (23 June 2015) — With one week to go before the first official Asteroid

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LONDON, UK (23 June 2015) — With one week to go before the first
official Asteroid
Day <http://www.asteroidday.org/> on 30 June, local organizers are making
final preparations for more than 50 public events worldwide to increase
education and awareness about asteroids and how to better detect them. June
30 is the anniversary of the largest asteroid impact of Earth in recent
history, the 1908 Siberian Tunguska Asteroid Impact. The 100X Declaration
<http://www.asteroidday.org/declaration/>, calling for increased detection
and tracking, has been open for public signature.

“Our surveillance of Near Earth Objects is not good enough, so we are
trying to ramp up the rate of detection by 100 times,” said Astrophysicist
and Musician Dr. Brian May. “Signing the 100X Declaration is a way for the
public to contribute to bringing about an awareness that we can protect
humanity now and for future generations.”

More than 36 astronauts and cosmonauts are participating in Asteroid Day. A
partial listing includes: Pedro Duque (Spain); Tamara Jernigan (US); Tom
Jones (US); Alexei Leonov (Russia); Ed Lu (US); Patrick Michel (France);
Dorin Prunariu (Romania); Andres Eloy Martinez Rojas (Mexico); Franz
Viehboeck (Austria); Rusty Schweickart (US) and Anousheh Ansari (US), the
first woman private space traveler.

“If we can track the trajectories of asteroids and monitor their movement
in our solar system, then we can know if they are on a path to impact
Earth,” said Apollo Astronaut Rusty Schweickart. “If we find them early
enough, we can move them out of Earth’s orbit – thus preventing any kind of
major natural disaster.”

All events have been organized locally by museums, research institutes,
government agencies, universities, astronomers, filmmakers and concerned
citizens and include lectures, films, expert science presentations and
educational workshops in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada,
Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico,
Romania, Spain, Turkey a

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