NASA invites the media to learn more about asteroids near Earth, comets
From: NASA Headquarters
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2019
The media are invited to hear experts from around the world to discuss the latest Earth Neurospects (NEOs) research at the International Academy of Astronautics " 2019 Planetary Defense Conference Monday, April 29 to Friday, May 3 at the University of Maryland Hotel.
NEOs include asteroids and comets that orbit our Sun and come within 30 million miles of Earth's orbit, where some may pose a threat to our planet. NASA experts will discuss the first mission of the agency to demonstrate a technique to change the movement of the asteroid in space and other aspects of the nation's planetary defense program.
The media that want to attend the conference must contact Margaret Simon at [email protected]
Follow the social media conversation using the hashtag #PlanetaryDefense. The conference will stream live to:
NASA will launch a discussion at NEU at 3 o'clock. EDT Sunday, April 28, with a media workshop at the venue of the conference organized by the agency for coordinating the planetary defense of the agency. The workshop will provide an overview of NASA's planetary defense efforts, including the way the agency identifies, monitors, and explores NEOs. To attend the workshop, the media must secure their name and media belonging to Lauian Moore until Friday, April 26 [email protected]
Highlights of the conference include:
9:20 am Monday, April 29th
NASA Administrator Jim Bridgestone will deliver the main address of the conference. This address will be shown live on NASA Television and the agency website.
7:00 pm. Wednesday, May 1
NASA chief scientist Jim Greene will take part in a panel discussion on Earth Defense from asteroids with Bill Nye, chief executive of the Planetary Society and other leading experts. The event will stream live to:
The conference will also include a scenario for influencing a fictitious asteroid – an exercise that will allow conference participants to simulate a response to a hypothetical asteroid that will affect the Earth. Learn more about this simulation of:
The University of Maryland Hotel is located at 7777 Baltimore Ave. in College Park, Maryland.
Find out more about NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office at:
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