2020 Asteroid Day LIVE was 5 hours long featuring 7 panels hosted by 5 speakers. The program repeated multiple times per day from June 30th – July 4th. Visit the broadcast schedule to see when Asteroid Day LIVE was playing in your timezone.
The playlist aired at 13:00 CEST (see program playout), and repeated again at 19:00 CEST and throughout the remainder of ADTV (see program playout).
This year’s program included:
“Asteroid Safari: Finding the Elusive Space Rocks”
In April 2020, approximately nine previously unknown asteroids were discovered every single night. But is this fast enough? Asteroid experts discuss the accelerating rate of asteroid discoveries and how to keep track of everything they find.
“Target Asteroid: How to Move an Incoming Space Rock”
Launching next year, NASA’s DART spacecraft will crash headlong into a small asteroid to change the asteroid’s orbit by a small amount. Then ESA’s Hera mission will map the resulting impact crater and measure the asteroid’s mass. Find out about the extraordinary mission.
“From Satellites to Asteroids: Luxembourg’s and ESA’s role”
Luxembourg has established itself as a European centre for space. It has worked in close partnership with ESA for the last 15 years and is now set to play a key role in the future of space exploration by creating a space economy.
“Preparing the Future: Making Tools to Investigate Asteroids”
The Near Earth Object Modelling and Payloads for Protection (NEO-MAPP) project develops instruments, technologies and data exploitation techniques for future spacecraft missions to asteroids. These include seismology stations to be dropped on asteroids, ground-based observing campaigns to support asteroid missions, and the best way to combine data sets to extract the maximum knowledge about asteroids.
“Ask Me Anything About Asteroids with Astronauts”
For this special Asteroid Day panel we gathered together NASA, ESA and private astronauts. We then went to social media and crowdsourced questions about space and asteroids for a special Astronaut Ask me Anything.
“Seeing is Believing: The Art of Asteroid Computer Simulations”
Using cutting edge data visualisation techniques, this panel will show what happens when asteroids plunge into our atmosphere, or the strange way they can be distorted by the Earth’s gravity when they fly close to our planet.
“Ingredients of Life: Bringing Asteroid Samples to Earth”
Japan’s Hayabusa 2 and the USA’s OSIRIS-REx mission will revolutionise asteroid science by bringing rock samples back to Earth. Find out about the science behind these daring missions and their current statuses.
The official speaker hosts for the 2020 Asteroid Day LIVE are:
In addition, the European Space Agency hosted a separate set of panel programmes in 6 languages. The languages were:
Italian – Wednesday 24, 1700-1800 CEST: An animated discussion hosted by Ettore Perozzi, leading planetary defence expert from ASI, the Italian space agency. Special guests include experts from ASI as well as the European Space Agency (ESA), INAF, and the IAU Minor Planet Center. Art and live music performances will be part of the event, as well as ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano who will join the chat from Houston, Texas.
Dutch – Friday 26, 1100-1200 CEST: Space journalist Sander Koenen discusses these questions with ESA astronaut André Kuipers, planetary researcher Daphne Stam and space law expert Tanja Masson in a webcast produced by the European Space Agency and the Dutch space office NSO for Asteroid Day.
French – Thursday 25, 1830-1930 CEST: A lively, animated discussion hosted by Bruce Benamran, one of France’s most-watched science youtubers. The programme will include discussions on asteroids, planetary defence missions and future opportunities in asteroid mining with six experts.
German – Thursday 25, 1700-1800 CEST: Moderator and LinkedIn professional Céline Flores Willers will take a look at the science behind asteroids and how Europe is working to help keep our planet safe from possible impacts.
Spanish – Friday 26, 1700-1800 CEST: Latest news and updates from the European Space Agency and hosted by Mariella Graziano, one of Europe’s active STEM outreach communicators and Director of Space Systems and Robotics department at Spanish company GMV, now deeply involved helping develop ESA’s Hera planetary defence mission.
English – Tuesday 30, 1200-1300 CEST: The latest asteroid news and updates from the European Space Agency hosted by award-winning science and space journalist Richard Hollingham. Richard is the presenter of the Space Boffins podcast, space correspondent for BBC Future and an ESA TV launch commentator.
Click on a language to find out more about the programme.