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