Asteroid Day 2016 – Press Conference

Asteroid Day, a global movement to increase knowledge and awareness of asteroids, announced its plans for 2016 from a press conference hosted at ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands and livestreamed around the world.

Asteroid Day was co-founded in 2015 by Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart, and German filmmaker Grig Richters.

The following people spoke at the Tuesday, 9 February press conference (either live or remotely):
– Moderator: Stuart Clark, astronomy author and journalist
– 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, ESA
– Ian Carnelli, Asteroid Impact Mission manager, ESA
– Detlef Koschny, Space Situational Awareness Near-Earth Object co-manager, ESA
– Richard Moissl, Rosetta instrument liaison officer, ESA
– Stephan Ulamec, Philae lander manager, German Aerospace Center DLR
– Patrick Michel, planetary scientist, senior researcher at CNRS French National Centre for Scientific Research
– Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, UK
– Mark Boslough, physicist and planetary defence expert, Sandia National Laboratories, adjunct professor, University of New Mexico, Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry
– Ed Lu, Shuttle astronaut, asteroid expert and Founder/CEO of B612 Foundation
– Dumitru Dorin Prunariu; Romanian astronaut, founding member Association of Space Explorers and liaison to the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Space
– Tom Jones, Shuttle astronaut, planetary scientist, Chair,  Association of Space Explorers Committee on Near-Earth Objects
– Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut
– Rakesh Sharma, Indian cosmonaut

Asteroid Day 2016 events will span the globe on 30 June:
http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Spa…

Learn more about Asteroid Day 2016 at http://asteroidday.org

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