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30 June 2019 is Asteroid Day

on 28 June 2019

30 June is the International Asteroid Day, a United Nations recognised international event, organised for raising awareness on the risks of asteroid impacts and the methods to protect the Earth. The event was established on this date in the memory of the Tunguska, Siberia impact that took place in 1908, and was the largest asteroid impact in the recent history of the Earth.

The Asteroid Day events will include a live broadcast, with the Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu participating at a session called “With Love, from Russia & Space”. Panellists include 5 astronauts or cosmonauts that will answer questions such as, “Where do you see the future of space exploration?” and “What are some words of advice to young people wanting to become astronauts or cosmonauts?”. The panellists will share their training, experiencing lift-off and return stories of Star City.

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The Asteroid Day is a dynamic awareness and educational program meant to inspire the world about asteroids, to explain their role in the formation of our Universe, how we can use their resources, how asteroids can pave the way for future exploration and finally how we can protect our planet from asteroid impacts. Asteroid Day is a programme run by the Asteroid Foundation, a Luxembourg non-profit organisation.

More information is available here.

Image credit: Asteroid Day