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Asteroid Day Press Event

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Location: ESTEC, Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk, NL, 2201 AZ

LONDON (February 8, 2016) – Building on the highly successful first-ever Asteroid Day in 2015, organisers, together with the European Space Agency, will announce partners and the addition of premier and independently organised events for Asteroid Day 2016, scheduled for June 30 around the world. The Press Conference will use multimedia platforms to accommodate speakers from around the world.

TIME: 3:00 pm CET; 9:00 am ET; 6:00 am PT
LOCATION: ESA ESTEC., Keplerlaan 1, 2201 AZ Noordwijk, Netherlands

SPEAKERS: See below

ACCESS FOR MEDIA: In person at ESTEC or via the Internet:
Media is also invited to tour the ESTEC facility: Tour begins at 1:00 pm CET

RSVP for ESTEC attendance
Press Conference Questions: forward via email to Diane Murphy: or via Twitter (@AsteroidDay)
Please request 1-1 interviews in advance
Live webcast:

Asteroid Day is a global movement to increase public awareness of potential asteroid collisions and the means to protect Earth. It was co-founded in 2015, by Dr. Brian May, astrophysicist and lead guitarist for the rock band Queen, 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, which devastated over 2000 square km, the size of a major metropolitan city. In 2015, on the inaugural Asteroid Day, partners organised more than 150 events worldwide, educating millions of people and generating some 4 billion media impressions.

Press Conference Participants:

Host Emcee: Dr. Stuart Clark, Astronomy Author and Journalist

AT ESTEC (The Netherlands)

- Dr. Stuart Clark, Science Journalist, Author, contributor to The Guardian, emcee
- Grig Richters, Filmmaker and Co-founder of Asteroid Day
- Ian Carnelli, Asteroid Impact Mission (AIM) Manager, European Space Agency (ESA)
- Detlef Koschny, Space Situational Awareness - Near-Earth Object co-Manager, European Space Agency (ESA)
- Debbie Lewis, ADXP and Risk Crisis and Disaster Management at Axiom
- Richard Moissl, Rosetta Instrument Liaison Officer, European Space Agency (ESA)
- Dr. Patrick Michel, Planetary Scientist, Sr. Researcher at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research)
- Unai Iparragirre, Discovery Science
- Tibisay Sankatsing Nava, UNAWE


- Dr. Mark Boslough, Physicist and Planetary Defense expert; Sandia National Laboratories; Adjunct professor, University of New Mexico; Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
- Astronaut Dr. Tom Jones, Four-time Shuttle Astronaut; Planetary scientist, Chair, Assn. of Space Explorers (ASE) Committee on Near-Earth Objects (Washington, DC)
- Astronaut Dr. Ed Lu, Three-time Shuttle astronaut; Asteroid expert and Founder,CEO, B612 (Silicon Valley, California, USA)
- Romanian Astronaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu; Founding member, Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and liaison to the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Space (Bucharest, Romania)
- Cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma, First Indian to space
Franco Ongaro, Director of Technical and Quality Management, European Space Agency (ESA) (Paris, France)
- Marius Piso, Head of ROSA (Bucharest, Romania)
- Rakesh Sharma, Wing Commander (Ret) Rakesh Sharma AC; Research Cosmonaut, India. Chairman, Automated Workflow Pvt. Ltd; Member Association of Space Explorers and Explorers Club (Coonoor, India)
- Dr. Stephan Ulamec, German Aerospace Center (Cologne, Germany)


- Anousheh Ansari, First private woman space traveler; CEO, Prodea
- Dr Brian May, Astrophysicist, Co-founder, QUEEN, Co-founder of Asteroid Day
- Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and first Canadian spacewalker
- AIan Harris, DLR, NEOShield-2Dr.
- Scott Manley, YouTube Personality, Science Educator and Imaginary Space Explorer
- Bill Nye, American science educator, television presenter, writer, scientist, mechanical engineer and CEO, The Planetary Society
- Luca Parmitano, Italian Astronaut, Member, ASE Europe, Captain of NEEMO
- Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, UK
- Helen Sharman, First British Astronaut
- Dr. Amanda Sickafoose, Astronomer, South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO)
- Sir Crispin Tickell, British Diplomat and Former Ambassador to the UN

Additional information on Asteroid Day and the 100X Asteroid Declaration as well as photos and BROLL are available at Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @AsteroidDay or contact:

Media Contacts:
Asteroid Day: Diane Murphy: US: +13106588756,
European Space Agency: Ninja Menning: +31621437558,

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