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Asteroid Day to produce first ever 24-hour global broadcast about space and planetary science

By SpaceRef Editor
June 1, 2017
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On June 30, asteroids will make history as the focus  of a conversation shared around the world on the first ever global 24-hour broadcast about space and the role of asteroids in our solar system.

Asteroid Day LIVE, produced by Asteroid Day and sponsored by OHB, BCE and the Government of Luxembourg, will be distributed around the world via a dedicated SES satellite network. The 24-hours of programming will be hosted by Professor Brian Cox, prominent British physicist, author and BBC commentator, who will be joined in studio and around the world by famed astronauts, and expert scientists, technologists and researchers in planetary science.

“I am very pleased to be hosting Asteroid Day LIVE this June 30,” stated Prof. Cox. “This is a first-of-its-kind broadcast, celebrating and showcasing new discoveries in science that can help us understand our place in the solar system and nature – and in particular, the behaviour of asteroids. I’m very enthusiastic about it because asteroids provide a great opportunity for our civilisation, but also can pose great threats; we ignore them at our peril.”

“For the first time in history, assets of our new space economy are enabling us to have a global conversation about space, and in particular, asteroids, via a global space network spanning all time zones,” explained Asteroid Day Co-founder Danica Remy. “This is truly exciting, as citizens around the world will be able to hear from Asteroid experts on the broadcast, while participating in local events and sharing their views on various social media platforms.”

Asteroid Day LIVE will be the first-ever 24 hour live broadcast from the new Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) studio at RTL City, Luxembourg. The program will air on various local channels subscribing to the SES satellite network, and via the Asteroid Day website. View our full schedule here and this article for instructions to watch the broadcast.

Guests for Asteroid Day LIVE include (partial listing)

View the full Line-up of the Luxembourg program, here.

Host: Brian Cox, physicist, School of Physics and Astronomy, Uni of Manchester
Rusty Schweickart, US Apollo 9 Astronaut; Co-founder of Asteroid Day and B612
Ed Lu, three time US Shuttle Astronaut; Co-founder, B612
Dorin Prunariu, first Romanian Astronaut; ASE president, UN COPUOS
Michel Tognini, two time ESA astronaut, trained French Air Force pilot
Jean-François Clervoy, three time ESA astronaut and French engineer
Nicole Stott, two time US Shuttle Astronaut, Aquanaut and SciArt Advocate
Susan McKenna-Lawlor, astrophysicist, Principal Investigator, Giotto
Julia De Leon, astrophysicist, Instituto Astrofísica de Canarias
Mark Boslough, physicist Chair of Asteroid Day Expert Panel
Patrick Michel, planetary scientist, researcher at the CNRS
Marco Fuchs, Owner and CEO OHB SE
Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg

Everything you always wanted to know about near-Earth objects and planetary defense but were afraid to ask. At NASA, every day is Asteroid Day, with NASA-funded projects accounting for more than 90 percent of worldwide efforts in asteroid detection and  mitigation. This live one-hour special will explain how NASA finds, tracks and characterizes near-Earth asteroids and how the agency is planning for planetary defense.

In addition to the 24-hour live Asteroid Day LIVE broadcast, Discovery Channel has produced a special about asteroids and Asteroid Day, which will air on June 30. These two special broadcasts complement more than 700 events occurring in 190 countries on and around June 30.
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 Chief Operations Officer; Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweickart; and German 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, that devastated over 2,000 km2 of forest, an area the size of any major metropolitan city today. In 2016, Asteroid Day was declared by the United Nations to be a global day of education to raise awareness about asteroids. Founding partners include: The Association of Space Explorers, B612 and Discovery Channel

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join us in the Asteroid Day conversation:

TWITTER: @asteroidday #AsteroidDay, #AsteroidDayLive;
FACEBOOK: #AsteroidDay, #AsteroidDayLive

SpaceRef staff editor.