Asteroid Day LIVE Panel Descriptions

Forward to the Moon

Description: What is Luxembourg‘s role in the new space economy and the utilization of resources and technology for lunar missions? This panel includes representatives from the European Space Agency as well as perspectives from Russia and China. Our panel will share their perspectives as we look at our heritage and future relationship to the moon as well as other resources from celestial objects.

Host: Lisa Burke, Science Author

Speakers: 

  1. Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, NASA; Co-founder, Asteroid Day; Co-founder, B612
  2. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General  of the European Space Agency
  3. Marc Serres, CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency & Head of Space Affairs, Ministry of the Economy
  4. Gongling Sun – Prof. Gongling Sun, University Professor of System Engineering in ISU

Planetary Defense Missions

Planetary Defense and in particular, the importance of Asteroid Deflection Missions, DART and HERA. The panel will look at Europe‘s role in US-European cooperation and evaluate the importance and value of multi-country and private industry collaborations on Space Missions and Planetary Science.

Host: Sabinije von Gaffke, Moderator and Journalist

Speakers: 

  1. Dr. Ed Lu, NASA Astronaut; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; Co-founder, B612
  2. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General,  European Space Agency
  3. Hannah Goldberg, Juventas CubeSat project manager, Systems engineer, GomSpace
  4. Dr. Patrick Michel, Senior Researcher, CNRS; Lead, Planetary Science, Côte d’Azur Observatory
  5. Fritz Merkle, Board Member of U.S. Space Foundation and Member-Management Board
  6. Paolo Martino, design and development head of the Hera Planetary Defense spacecraft, ESA

With Love, from Russia & Space

Training, experiencing lift-off and return stories of Star City, Moscow Oblast, Russia. The panelists will share their Star City training and space missions. Panelists include 5 astronauts or cosmonauts that will answer questions such as, “Where do you see the future of space exploration?” and “What are some words of advice to young people wanting to become astronauts or cosmonauts?”

Asteroid Day; Co-founder, B61

Speakers: 

  1. Alexander Misurkin, Russian cosmonaut; Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Russian Armed Forces
  2. Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Cosmonaut, Romania; President, ROMSPACE; Chair, UN COPUOS 
  3. Dr. Ed Lu, NASA Astronaut; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; Co-founder, B612
  4. Michel Tognini, French astronaut, ESA; Former Head, ESA European Astronaut Centre 
  5. Sarah Brightman, Musician & Humanitarian

Recent Asteroid Science Achievements

(Asteroid Science Advancements)

This panel of astronauts and distinguished asteroid experts discuss current and future asteroid discovery, research and outputs from current space missions Haybusa-2 and OSIRIS-REx. They will evaluate  new telescopes like LSST along with others coming online and in operation around the world. The panel will offer commentary on exciting scientific discoveries made this last year coming from the current asteroid missions in space.

Host: Lisa Burke, Science Author

Speakers: 

  1. Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, NASA; Co-founder, Asteroid Day; Co-founder, B612
  2. Dr. Ed Lu, NASA Astronaut; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; Co-founder, B612
  3. Lynne Jones, Astronomer & Performance Scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), University of Washington, Asteroid Day Expert Panel
  4. Dr. Patrick Michel, Senior Researcher, CNRS; Lead, Planetary Science, Côte d’Azur Observatory

Luxembourg NewSpace Startups

Luxembourg-based NewSpace companies that enable space exploration, space communications and other services. Meet these space startups and their leaders who will talk about their  vision for the future in space – and in Luxembourg.

Host: Jessica Bauldry, Journalist

Speakers: 

  1. Nicolas Faber, COO, Blue Horizon
  2. Jaroslaw Jaworski, Operations Manager at Made In Space Europe 
  3. Julien-Alexandre Lamamy, Managing Director at iSpace 
  4. Omar Qaise, Founder and CEO of OQ Technology
  5. Katarina Wolcott, Business Manager at GomSpace

Small Satellite Opportunities

Innovations for asteroid discovery, planetary science and other space missions, imaging, communications, science, and national security are accelerating with the development of small satellite technology.  The availability of cheaper launch services allows for the development of smaller, cheaper science missions and technology deployment. Learn from the leaders of business academia and science organizations about what’s possible with small satellites now and in the future.

Host: Sabinije von Gaffke, Moderator and Journalist

Speakers: 

  1. Dr. Ed Lu, NASA Astronaut; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; Co-founder, B612
  2. Slava Turyshev, Physicist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  3. Chuck Beames, Executive Chairman at York Space Systems
  4. Dr. S. Pete Worden, Executive Director, Breakthrough Starshot; former Director of NASA Ames Research Center
  5. Marc Scheper, Program Manager HERA, OHB
  6. Hannah Goldberg, Juventas CubeSat project manager, Systems engineer, GomSpace
  7. Marino Poppé, CTO LuxSpace

Space Resources Utilization and Frameworks

Luxembourg has taken a leadership role in the utilization of space resources, from new legal frameworks, innovative funding mechanisms for companies who are    working towards technologies and missions to utilize space resources. Learn what the Luxembourg Government and Luxembourg Space Agency are doing with new space companies and how governments around the world can enable the utilization of space resources in the future.

Host: Lisa Burke, Science Author 

Speakers: 

  1. Frans Von Der Dunk, Chair of Space Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s LL.M. Programme on Space
  2. Nicolas Faber, COO, Blue Horizon
  3. Mathias Link, Director International Affairs & SpaceResources.lu
  4. Jean-Louis Schiltz, Lawyer, Former Cabinet Minister

Technology’s Role in Advancing Asteroid Discovery

With the new technologies and advancement of telescopes and data analysis techniques, Asteroid discovery has been, and will continue, accelerating. This panel will discuss how computational capabilities of computers, charge-coupled devices (CCD), Graphics processing units (GPU), big data, cloud platforms like Google, AWS and Azure and other technologies are enabling new asteroid discoveries and tracking capabilities through advanced imaging, cloud-based data analysis and new visualization tools.

Host: Sabinije von Gaffke, Moderator and Journalist

Speakers: 

  1. Dr. Ed Lu, NASA Astronaut; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; Co-founder, B612
  2. Robert Jedicke, Particle physicist and software engineer, Institute for Astronomy of University of Hawaii; astronomer, Pan- STARRS
  3. Lynne Jones, Astronomer & Performance Scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), University of Washington, Asteroid Day Expert Panel
  4. Prof. Mario Juric, Data Management Project Scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope; University of Washington
  5. Scott Manley, Scottish YouTube personality in Silicon Valley, astrophysicist, hacker, gamer

Asteroid Day Inspirations and Reflections

2019 is the 5th anniversary of Asteroid Day, come meet some of the original founding partners. Each will share their personal reasons to support the creation of Asteroid Day.  Discussion about growth of global events worldwide and their local events. The astronaut panelist will discuss how Asteroid Day’s mission aligns with the Association of Space Explorers (everyone who has been to space) and their goal to educate and inspire the world about space and asteroid education. Learn how the public can get involved in Asteroid Day.

Host: Sabinije von Gaffke, Moderator and Journalist

Speakers: 

  1. Dr. Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Cosmonaut, Romania; President, ROMSPACE; Chair, UN COPUOS
  2. Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, NASA; Co-founder, Asteroid Day; Co-founder, B612
  3. Danica Remy, President, B612 Foundation; Board Director, Asteroid Foundation, Co-Founder, Asteroid Day
  4. Prof. Christian Koeberl, University Professor, Chair in Impact Research and Planetary Geology at University of Vienna, Austria
  5. Ryan Wyatt, Senior Director, Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization, California Academy of Sciences

Storytelling Tools for Complex Science

Scientific work is greatly enhanced by the ability to communicate as well as analyze complex data. Today’s technologies are advancing at a breakneck pace which helps us better understand our world. The panelists will share visualizations of new ways to understand and communicate what’s happening in the sciences through 3D, stereoscopic images, graphic maps, visual modeling and data presentations. Discussions of how enhanced storytelling, including immersive media  leads to better understanding, better science, and new breakthroughs.

Host: Lisa Burke, Science Author

Speakers: 

  1. Dr. Ed Lu, NASA Astronaut; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; Co-founder, B612
  2. Lynne Jones, Astronomer & Performance Scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), University of Washington, Asteroid Day Expert Panel
  3. Prof. Mario Juric, Data Management Project Scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope; University of Washington
  4. Dr. Mark Boslough, Chair, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; Physicist, Los Alamos National Lab 
  5. Dr. Patrick Michel, Senior Researcher, CNRS; Lead, Planetary Science, Côte d’Azur Observatory
  6. Ryan Wyatt, Senior Director, Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization, California Academy of Sciences
  7. Scott Manley, Scottish YouTube personality, astrophysicist, hacker, gamer

Emerging and Current Asteroid Science

This panel will discuss everything asteroid related: from planetary science, meteorites, recent asteroid explosions, proposed space missions and new telescopes, even to the effects, consequences and risks of asteroid impacts and airbursts. Additionally, the panel will discuss the challenges of communicating asteroid risks and the role of the media.

Host: Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, NASA; Co-founder, Asteroid Day; Co-founder, B61

Speakers:

  1. Robert Jedicke, Particle physicist and software engineer, Institute for Astronomy of University of Hawaii; astronomer, Pan- STARRS
  2. Lynne Jones, Astronomer & Performance Scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), University of Washington, Asteroid Day Expert Panel
  3. Dr. Mark Boslough, Chair, Asteroid Day Expert Panel; Physicist, Los Alamos National Lab 
  4. Prof. Christian Koeberl, University Professor, Chair in Impact Research and Planetary Geology at the University of Vienna, Austria
  5. Dr. Patrick Michel, Senior Researcher, CNRS; Lead, Planetary Science, Côte d’Azur Observatory

Space and Art

This final panel has surprises for everyone. Astronauts, cosmonauts, and others share art from around the world. The new Asteroid Day Global poster will be unveiled and the winners of the global Asteroid Day-RedBubble  fan art contest will be revealed along with more surprises before Asteroid Day LIVE signs off.

Host: Lisa Burke, Science Author

Speakers: 

  1. Michel Tognini, French astronaut, ESA; Former Head, ESA European Astronaut Centre
  2. Dr. Ed Lu, NASA Astronaut; Executive Director, Asteroid Institute; Co-founder, B612
  3. Alexander Misurkin, Russian cosmonaut; Retired Lieutenant Colonel, Russian Armed Forces 
  4. Danica Remy, President, B612 Foundation; Board Director, Asteroid Foundation, Co-Founder, Asteroid Day
  5. Scott Manley, Scottish YouTube personality, astrophysicist, hacker, gamer 
  6. Zoe Baxter, Artist

 

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