Astronaut Meet and Greet will be held on 27 June (Cercle Cité)
Asteroid Day, the official United Nations’ day of global awareness and education about asteroids, will celebrate its sixth year on 30 June.
“Asteroid Day was created to encourage the public and governments to learn more about asteroids, the origin of our Solar System, and to support the resources necessary to find and deflect asteroids ” explains Dr. Brian May. Through the Luxembourg Space Agency, which leads the SpaceResources.lu initiative that has been instrumental in the expansion of Asteroid Day, Marc Serres, CEO of the Luxembourg Space Agency states “Luxembourg is proud to be the global headquarters for Asteroid Day and to aid in inspiring countries around the world to participate in this United Nations Day of education and awareness.”
“SES has been supporting Asteroid Day for several years, and we are proud to once again join efforts with other partners on this campaign to enable raising awareness about asteroids and space,” said Ruy Pinto, Chief Technology Officer at SES. “Building expertise around topics like these certainly benefits current and future generations, contributing to a better understanding of the universe we live in. We look forward to broadcasting this story to everyone this year!”
“On Asteroid Day, we share the latest information on the search for near-Earth asteroids that might pose a threat to our planet, and discuss the space technologies we might apply together to help prevent a cosmic disaster. I’m especially interested in the joint NASA-ESA programs DART and HERA to demonstrate how we can deflect a near-Earth object.” shared Dr. Tom Jones, NASA astronaut, Association of Space Explorers. “Asteroid Day rightly demands that asteroids must be discovered since they pose a risk to our planet from time to time. The combination of NASA’s deflection mission DART and ESA’s mission HERA allows us to find out how asteroid deflection works and, at the same time, learn a more about these celestial bodies. I am proud that OHB is the designated industrial prime for the HERA mission.” says OHB’s Marc Scheper, Head of Space Transportation, Robotic Missions and Exploration.
ASTEROID DAY Events in Luxembourg
● 1 June: Asteroid Day TV starts broadcasting worldwide online and via SES Satellites
● 25 June: Technical Briefing with Asteroid Experts (by invitation)
● 26 June: Asteroid Day LIVE Global Broadcast-Webcast, produced at RTL Studios
● 26 June: Gala Dinner in the beautiful Cercle Cité in Downtown Luxembourg
● 27 June: Astronaut and Asteroid Expert meet and greet (public)
● 30 June: Events organized worldwide(most are public).
In Luxembourg multiple independently organized events are in the planning stages at museums and schools.
Last years 2019 Luxembourg photos of the above activities can be found here