MEDIA ALERT: ASTEROID DAY EVENTS IN LUXEMBOURG 27-29 JUNE, 2019 150 150 Asteroid Day Asteroid Day

Luxembourg — In the week leading up to Asteroid Day 30 June, a series of activities have been organized by the Asteroid Foundation for the Luxembourgish French, German and English media. We invite you to join us for our educational, technical, and press conferences as well as Asteroid Day LIVE, the only dedicated broadcast, focused on asteroid science.

Contact Lynn Robbroeckx (French, German, Luxembourgish, English) or Diane Murphy (English) with any questions and to RSVP for specific events.

Asteroid Experts and Astronauts visit local Luxembourg schools

Asteroid Day is June 30th! It is recognized by the United Nations as a dynamic awareness and educational program to inspire the world about the science, opportunities, and risks of asteroids. Asteroid Day is a program of the Luxembourg based Asteroid Foundation. Asteroid Day is celebrated throughout the year, leading up to a series of events in Luxembourg to engage students, teachers, and the public in the exciting learning adventure presented by space and science. Thanks to its partners and supporters, including the Government of Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Space Agency, the Asteroid Foundation, through Asteroid Day, has made significant strides in educating the world about asteroids and space.

This year, we are excited to announce the launch of Astro + Experts– a series of educational opportunities with our astronauts and space experts and presented to primary and secondary schools as well as the University of Luxembourg. Our favorite astronauts and asteroid experts will give unique presentations on all things related to space and asteroids – their role in the formation of our universe; how we can use their resources; how asteroids can pave the way for future exploration; and more.

  • 27 June Reinhold Ewald – Astronaut – German
  • 28 June Michel Tognini – Astronaut – French
  • 28 June Patrick Michel – Planetary Scientist – French
  • 1 July Mark Boslough – Physicist – English
  • 1 July Dorin Prunariu – Cosmonaut – French & Russian

27 June: Press Conference for Luxembourgish Media

Media is invited to participate in a press conference, organized by the Asteroid Foundation and Luxembourg Space Agency. Participants are listed below and discussions will include a summary of events for Asteroid Day 2019 in Luxembourg and a Q&A  on important issues related to planetary defense and the science of asteroids. Following the press conference, media is invited to attend the Technical Briefing beginning at 2:00 pm.

Location: ARENDT HOUSE (41 Avenue John F. Kennedy, 2082 Luxembourg)

Time: 12:30-1:30 pm

Participants (and languages spoken)

  • Marc Serres, CEO, Luxembourg Space Agency (English, French, German)
  • Reinhold Ewald, German ESA Astronaut (English, German)
  • Dorin Prunariu, Romanian Cosmonaut (Romanian, English, French, Russian)
  • Michel Tognini, ESA Astronaut  (English, French)
  • Patrick Michel, Planetary Scientist – (English, French)
  • Danica Remy, Co-founder, Asteroid Foundation; President, B612 ( English)
  • Georges Schmit, Co-founder Asteroid Foundation (Luxembourgish, English, French, German)

27 June: Technical Briefing by space science, astronaut and asteroid experts*

An in-depth technical presentation about asteroids, led by experts from around the world. Learn insights into asteroids including space missions, computational tools to find, track and deflect asteroids, the state of international and national asteroid initiatives. This program is part of the United Nations International Asteroid Day campaign and developed by the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg nonprofit.

Location: ARENDT HOUSE (41 Avenue John F. Kennedy, 2082 Luxembourg)

Time: 2:00-5:00pm

Participants: All bios can be found here

  • Georges Schmit, Asteroid Foundation Board Chair
  • Mark Boslough, Chair of the Asteroid Day Expert Panel,
  • Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 9 astronaut, co-founder Asteroid Day & B612
  • Dr. Ed Lu, Asteroid Institute, NASA Astronaut, co-founder B612
  • Dr. Dorin Prunariu, Romanian Astronaut,
  • Lynne Jones, LSST Performance Scientist
  • Aleksandr Misurkin, Russian Cosmonaut and AF
  • Patrick Michel, Planetary Scientist, Cote d’Azur Observatory
  • Robert Jedicke, University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy
  • Slava G. Turyshev, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
  • Reinhold Ewald, German ESA Astronaut

27 June: Global Press Conference

For local journalists unable to attend the Luxembourgish press conference at 12:30pm, we offer a second opportunity to hear from asteroid experts and astronauts, who will provide updates on international missions and issues related to asteroids. You must RSVP to participate:

Location: ARENDT HOUSE (41 Avenue John F. Kennedy, 2082 Luxembourg)

Time: 5:00 – 5:45pm

The State of Planetary Defense and Asteroid Science is presented by the Asteroid Foundation as part of Asteroid Day programming organized in Luxembourg. We are inviting a select group of journalists to join with Asteroid Day experts and Astronauts for a discussion of the state of planetary science and status of programs and missions to better detect, track, analyze, predict and deflect asteroids.

On 20 June, the Associated Press released the results of a poll conducted by the AP and Norc Center for Public Affairs which found that the US public rated asteroid and comet tracking as the number one priority for NASA, more important than human spaceflight. Updates on all international missions will be discussed, including OSIRIS-REx, Hayabusa2, DART and HERA.

Participating journalists are invited to ask questions and engage in the conversation, which is the aim of Asteroid Day.

Experts Participating in the Briefing:

  • Dr. Mark Boslough (US) Chair of the Asteroid Day Expert Panel (ADXP) and expert on planetary impacts.  He is a physicist at Los Alamos National Lab, and was the first US scientist to visit the site of the Chelyabinsk airburst, his simulations of the event appearing on the covers of ‘Nature” and ‘Physics Today.’
  • Dr. Ed Lu (US) Physicist and former NASA Astronaut, Ed currently serves as executive director of the Asteroid Institute, a scientific and research organization working closely with the University of Washington, Southwest Research Institute, AGI, Google, and other international academic and science institutions as well as  governments to study detect, track, and analyze asteroids. (US)
  • Patrick Michel (FR) Planetary scientist with a PhD in Astrophysics, senior researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and leader of the ‘Theories and Observations in Planetology’ team at the LaGrange Laboratory of the Cote d’Azur Observatory in Nice. He serves as co-investigator of NASA’s New Frontiers OSIRIS-REx and JAXA’s Hayabusa2, and as PI of the Hera Mission project.
  • Marc Serres (Luxembourg) CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency. He heads the Luxembourg Delegation at the European Space Agency (ESA) and represents Luxembourg in the Council of ESA. He is also the vice-chairman of the ESA Council until June 2020. Previously, he managed Luxembourg’s relations with ESA at the Ministry of Higher Education and Research as an industrial policy officer for 8 years. Marc Serres holds a PhD in optoelectronics and a Masters in electrical engineering, specializing in microwave frequencies, both from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

28 June: Asteroid Day LIVE – a six-hour live broadcast with asteroid experts

A new program of Asteroid Day 2019 is Asteroid Day TV, the only dedicated on-air programming about space and asteroids. The pre-programmed five-day broadcast begins 27 June at 12:00 CEST and features content from 2018 Asteroid Day LIVE. Worldwide distribution is offered via a dedicated SES satellite and online.  On 28 June Broadcast Center Europe (BCE) will produce the 2019 six-hour Asteroid Day LIVE  production from Luxembourg City. Twitch TV is Asteroid Day’s online broadcast partner.

Location: Cercle Cite, Luxembourg

Time: 12:00-6:00 pm

Participants: For all details see:

29 June:  Meet & Greet astronauts and asteroid experts

As part of the Asteroid Foundation’s mission to engage families of all ages, the Luxembourg Space Agency on June 29 will host an Astronaut & Asteroid Expert Meet & Greet at Luxembourg’s very own Cercle Cité. This extraordinary event is open to the general public and is the perfect event for kids young and old.  Astronauts and Cosmonauts will be available for short conversations and autograph and photo sessions. Asteroid and other science experts will be on hand to answer questions and to engage in science activities.  

Location: Cercle Cite, Luxembourg

Time: 1:30 – 3:30 pm

29 June: Public Event Asteroid Day Gala (RSVP Required)

Enjoy an unforgettable evening with an elite group of astronauts and celebrities at the Cercle Cité, one of Luxembourg’s most prestigious venues with world-renowned personalities.  Press is welcome to film the reception and gala dinner but there will be no interviews.

Location: Cercle Cite, Luxembourg

Time: 7:30 – 11:00 pm

About the Luxembourg Space Agency

Established in 2018 with the goal of developing the national space sector, the Luxembourg Space Agency fosters new and existing companies, develops human resources, facilitates access to funding and provides support for academic research. The agency implements the national space economic development strategy, manages national space research and development programs, and leads the initiative. The LSA also represents Luxembourg within the European Space Agency, as well as the space-related programs of the European Union and the United Nations.

About Asteroid Day

Asteroid Day was co-founded in 2014, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen; Danica Remy, B612 President; Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart; and filmmaker Grig Richters. Asteroid Day is held on 30 June each year to mark Earth’s largest asteroid impact in recorded history, the Siberia Tunguska event.  In 2016, Asteroid Day was declared by the United Nations as a global day of education to raise awareness about asteroids opportunities and risks and the Asteroid Day Foundation was formed with headquarters in Luxembourg. Global partners include: Association of Space Explorers, B612, OHB SE, SES, BCE, EC GROUP, and Luxembourg Space Agency. Asteroid Day Gala sponsors in 2019 include Tito’s Homemade Vodka, Luxaviation  SnT and Banque Internationale à Luxembourg.

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Ed Lu, Mark Boslough, Rusty Schweickart, Alan Fitzsimmons 2018 Asteroid Day Tech Briefing

Danica Remy RTL Studio Radio Interview 2018 – Photo Credit Max Alexander

Debbie Lewis Alan Fitzsimmons press briefing 2018, Photo credit Max Alexander