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ASTEROID DAY LIVE

30 June, 18:00 CET

This year we celebrated the 25th launch anniversary of NASA’s NEAR-Shoemaker spacecraft and the planned launches of three new asteroid missions, NASA’s Lucy, NEA Scout and DART – the world’s first mission to test an asteroid deflection technique.

Asteroid Day LIVE 2021 included interviews with key personnel from the missions of yesterday and tomorrow. Split into four segments, it explored how technologies have changed, what scientific surprises were waiting on the asteroids, and what the future has in store for asteroid research and planetary defence. 

Finding & Tracking Asteroids

There are more than a million known asteroids circling the Sun – and millions more that have yet to be discovered. Find out how astronomers and planetary scientists go about the Herculean task of finding the asteroids, and then keeping track of them. Read more.

Welcome Lisa Burke, TV Presenter, Science Author
What is an asteroid? Leland Melvin, Astronaut
What’s the difference between an asteroid, comet and meteorite? Alan Fitzsimmons, Astrophysicist, Queen’s University Belfast
NEAR-Shoemaker Reflections Andy Cheng, DART Investigation Team Co-lead, APL
How to see an asteroid from your backyard Gianluca Masi, Astronomer, The Virtual Telescope Project
Meet Asteroid Mathilde with The Planetary Society
What is Asteroid Day’s 100x declaration? Dorin Prunariu, Romanian Cosmonaut, Asteroid Foundation Vice Chair
Where do we find asteroids? Alan Fitzsimmons, Astrophysicist, Queen’s University Belfast
A message from B612 Foundation Edward Lu, Astronaut, Executive Director, Asteroid Institute
What are the major asteroid detection observatories? Lynne Jones, Performance Scientist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory (LSST)
Why is Asteroid Day important? Leland Melvin, Astronaut
Keeping Track of Asteroids Panel Discussion Lucie Green, Solar Physicist, University College London (Host), Edward Lu, Astronaut, Executive Director, Asteroid Institute, Laura Faggioli, Mathematician, NEO Dynamicist, ESA NEOCC, Lynne Jones, Performance Scientist, Vera C. Rubin Observatory (LSST), Marco Micheli, Astronomer, NEO Observer, ESA NEOCC
How to see an asteroid from your backyard? Rachel Knight, Citizen Scientist, Unistellar
A message from the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce Carlo Thelen, CEO, Luxembourg Chamber Of Commerce

Getting to know asteroids

Asteroids come in an amazing variety of sizes, shapes, compositions and internal structure. The more we find out then, the more extraordinary they become. Find out how astronomers and planetary scientists get to know the asteroids, and how they make sense of everything they learn. Read more.

How do we get to know an asteroid? Julia de Leon, Planetary Scientist, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
NEAR-Shoemaker Reflections Andy Cheng, DART Investigation Team Co-lead, APL
What are the different types of asteroids? Julia de Leon, Planetary Scientist, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Can you walk on an asteroid? Leland Melvin, Astronaut
Meet Asteroid Bennu with The Planetary Society
Stereoscopic imagery and asteroids Brian May, Astrophysicist, Co-founder Asteroid Day; Patrick Michel, Research Director, CNRS, Côte d’Azur Observatory
A message from Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) Xavier Thillen, Head of Production & Digital Media Operations, BCE
(Japanese) Hayabusa2 Mission Update
Host: Toshihisa Nikaido, Administrator, JAXA; Makoto Yoshikawa, Project Manager, Hayabusa2 mission
OSIRIS-REx Mission Update Dante Lauretta, Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-REx mission
What can the meteorites tell us about asteroids? Sara Russel, Planetary Scientist, Natural History Museum London
Meet Asteroid Vesta with The Planetary Society
What’s inside an Asteroid Panel Discussion
Host: Lucie Green, Solar Physicist, University College London; Christopher Snead, Advanced Small Particle Processor, Johnson Space Center; Julie Castillo-Rogez, Planetary Geophysicist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Naomi Murdoch, Planetary Scientist, ISAE-SUPAERO; Patrick Michel, Research Director, CNRS, Côte d’Azur Observatory
How can I work with asteroids? Leland Melvin, Astronaut

Defending the Earth from Asteroids

Asteroids occasionally hit the Earth. This is the celestial equivalent of a volcano erupting or a fault line shuddering to an earthquake. But unlike those geological natural disasters, asteroid impacts can be prevented. Find out how astronomers, planetary scientists and engineers are working to defend our planet. Read more.

How many asteroids do we need to find to feel safe? Alan Fitzsimmons, Astrophysicist, Queen’s University Belfast
How often do asteroids and meteors hit the Earth? Debbie Lewis, Resilience Preparedness Consultant
Meet Asteroid Apophis with The Planetary Society
How could we deflect an asteroid? Scott Manley, Scientist, Educator
What does an asteroid impact look like? Mark Boslough, Physicist, University of New Mexico
A message from the Luxembourg Space Agency Marc Serres, CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency
NEAR-Shoemaker Reflections Andy Cheng, DART Investigation Team Co-lead, APL
ESA’s Near Earth Object Coordination Centre (NEOCC) Luca Conversi, Instrument Scientist, Euclid SOC at ESAC
A message from OHB Systems Marco Fuchs
Protecting Earth from Asteroids Panel Discussion
Host: Tom Jones, Astronaut and scientist, Association of Space Explorers; Andy Cheng, DART Investigation Team Co-lead, APL; Elena Adams, DART Mission Systems Engineer, APL; Ian Carnelli, Hera Project Manager, ESA; Pedro Duque, ESA Astronaut, Science & Innovation Minister, Spain
How you can protect the Earth from asteroids Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society
Meet Asteroid Psyche with The Planetary Society

Asteroids and the exploration of the Solar System

Our interest in asteroids is only growing with time. They hold scientific clues to the origin of the solar system and resources that could help power the wider exploration of the solar system. Find out how the asteroids may be the keys to our future exploration, and even commercialisation, of space. Read more.

(French) About the Near Earth Object Modelling and Payloads for Protection (NEO-MAPP) Project Patrick Michel, Research Director, CNRS, Côte d’Azur Observatory
Future Mission: ESA’s Hera Heli Greus, Product assurance & Safety Manager, Hera Mission
Why is it important to study asteroids? Leland Melvin, Astronaut
Future mission: NASA’s Psyche Lindy Elkins-Tanton, Principal Investigator, Psyche mission
NEAR-Shoemaker Reflections Andy Cheng, DART Investigation Team Co-lead, APL
Future mission: NASA’s Lucy Cathy Olkin, Deputy Principal Investigator, Lucy mission
How to see an asteroid from your backyard? Marc Buie, Astronomer, Southwest Research Institute
About Asteroid 108096 Melvin Leland Melvin, Astronaut
(Japanese) Future mission: JAXA’s Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) Ayumu Tokaji, Associate Senior Researcher JAXA
Asteroids and the Exploration of the Solar System Panel Discussion
Host: Mary Lynne Dittmar, Executive Vice President for Government Affairs, Axiom Space; Anousheh Ansari, Private Space Explorer, CEO, XPRIZE Foundation; Franco Ongaro, Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality, ESA; Mathias Link, Director, SpaceResources.lu & International Affairs, LSA; Ruy Pinto, Chief Technology Officer, SES
(Spanish) SnT’s LunaLab Professor Miguel Olivares-Mendez, Deputy Program Director, Interdisciplinary Space Master, University of Luxembourg

In 2015, the first ever debut of Asteroid Day LIVE broadcast hosted in both London and San Francisco. In 2016, the broadcast was fully produced in San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences 

Thanks to the Luxembourg Government, in 2017, 2018, 2019, Asteroid Day LIVE was produced from the Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) studio at RTL City in Luxembourg. With the partnership of SES, the live broadcast was able to reach a global audience.

With the support of BCE and SES, Asteroid Day LIVE was able to be produced fully online in 2020 due to the pandemic and reach an audience of over 2M viewers on Twitch TV. Asteroid Day LIVE 2021 will again be produced thanks to the generous support of BCE, SES and the Luxembourg Government.

Asteroid Day LIVE from Luxembourg is distributed via a dedicated satellite, available on local channels subscribing to the SES satellite network, and via the Asteroid Day website. Media outlets can download the feed directly from the satellite via CDN.

ASTEROID DAY LIVE SPEAKERS

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2016 (11)
2017 (29)
2018 (35)
2019 (47)
2020 (41)
2021 (44)

Georges Schmit

Asteroid Foundation Founding Board Chair, Former Consul General of Luxembourg and Executive Director of the Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in...

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