Scientists and asteroid impact threat experts will host a press conference at the European Space Agency today (Feb. 9) to mark Asteroid Day, a day to contemplate ways to defend Earth against asteroid impacts. Watch live here at 9 a.m. ET: 

From the European Space Agency and AsteroidDay.org: 

"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 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 a major metropolitan city.

On Asteroid Day, people from around the world come together to recognise 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 organised by museums, research institutes, government agencies, universities, astronomers, filmmakers and concerned citizens. In 2015, on the inaugural Asteroid Day, partners organised 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, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Detlef Koschny, Space Situational Awareness – Near-Earth Object co-Manager, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Richard Moissl, Rosetta Instrument Liaison Officer, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Dr. Patrick Michel, Planetary Scientist, Sr. Researcher at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research), Leader of the Planetology Group at the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur (OCA)
  • Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, UK
  • Dr. Mark BosloughPhysicist and Planetary Defense expert; Sandia National Laboratories; Adjunct professor, University of New Mexico; Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.
  • Stephan UlamecPhilae lander manager at DLR
  • Astronaut Dr. Ed LuThree-time Shuttle astronaut; Asteroid expert and Founder,CEO, B612 Foundation
  • Romanian Astronaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu; Founding member, Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and liaison to the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Space
  • Astronaut Dr. Tom JonesFour-time Shuttle Astronaut; Planetary scientist, Chair,  Association of Space Explorers (ASE) Committee on Near-Earth Objects.
  • Astronaut Chris HadfieldCanadian astronaut and first Canadian spacewalker
  • Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma, first Indian to space
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy, American science educator, comedian, television presenter, actor, writer, scientist, and former mechanical engineer. He is the CEO of Asteroid Day partner, the Planetary Society.
  • Debbie LewisADXP and Risk Crisis and Disaster Management at Axiom
  • David J Eicher, Editor-in-Chief at Asteroid Day and Astronomy magazine
  • Sir Crispin Tickell, British Diplomat
  • Astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz7-time Astronaut.
  • Scott ManleyYoutube personality, science educator and imaginary space explorer
  • Alan HarrisNEOShield-2 Coordinator, DLR Inst. Planetary Research
  • Amanda SickafooseAstronmer and Head of the Instrumentation Division at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Cape Town, South Africa
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