On June 30th, the world came together to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Asteroid Day. The day was a phenomenal success featuring asteroid education events around the world in-person and online. We’ll be sharing global highlights with you in the months to come but we wanted to share a few right now.
ADx19: Asteroid Day Global
Independently-organized Asteroid Day events were held in schools, libraries, astronomy clubs, museums, and homes across the globe. Our Asteroid Day correspondent, Solomon Nwoye, interviewed a few of the regional coordinators helping plan these events in their countries.
- Israel: Victor Bar
- Morocco: Zakaria Belhaj
- Greece: Takis Theodossiou
- Latvia: Karlis Berzins
- Finland: Julia Marikainen
Asteroid Day HQ
Asteroid Day HQ was in Luxembourg this year hosting a number of fun and educational events.
AD Technical Briefing
Asteroid scientists, astronauts, and cosmonauts discussed the latest asteroid science in front of a local audience.
You can watch the briefing here.
ADLive!, our six-hour livestream, brought asteroid experts, astronauts, museum curators, CEOs, teachers, students, musicians, artists, and dignitaries together on a single stage in Luxembourg. The highlight was our 12 panels, fostering discussion on a variety of topics between these many brilliant people.
You can watch all of these on YouTube by checking out our AD19 Panel Playlist, which includes:
- #1: Forward to the Moon
- #2: Planetary Defense Missions
- #3 With Love, From Russia & Space
- #4: Recent Asteroid Achievements
- #5: Luxembourg NewSpace Startups
- #6: Small Satellites
- #7: Space Resources Utilization
- #8: Technology Advancing Discovery
- #9: Asteroid Day Reflections
- #10: Science Storytelling
- #11: Emerging Asteroid Science
- #12: Space and Art
Asteroid Day Gala
The finale of the weekend in Luxembourg was a 200+ person gala where Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, was the keynote speaker. He gave a moving speech about humanity 50 years after Apollo.
You can watch his address here.
Global Press Coverage
We were delighted to see asteroids and Asteroid Day covered by newspapers, magazines, radio shows, television programs, and blogs around the world. Some of the press highlights were:
- USA TODAY: Happy Asteroid Day
- CNN: On International Asteroid Day, here’s what to know about the threat to Earth
- Forbes: More Than A Movie Plot: Why Asteroids Are Important For Our Future
- Newsweek: Asteroid Day: Incredible Image Shows 340 Million-Year-Old Asteroid Impact Crater from Space
- Geekwire: Scientists turn up the spotlight on space perils (and prospects) for Asteroid Day
- OHB Magazine: Asteroid Exploration and Protection are Global Tasks
Thank You To Our Sponsors!
Asteroid Day would not be possible without our many generous sponsors. We need to recognize:
|We managed to find a few minutes during our ADLive! broadcast to ask a number of our sponsors what their companies are doing to advance space science and technology.|
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year such a success! Expect more updates to come as we collect information and pictures from our event organizers around the world.
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