February 5, 2013

Media Teleconference On Asteroid Earth Flyby Hosted By NASA Feb. 7

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EST, Thursday, Feb. 7, to discuss an asteroid 150-feet in diameter that will pass close, but safely, by Earth on Feb. 15. The flyby creates a unique opportunity for researchers to observe and learn more about asteroids.

The teleconference participants are:
--Lindley Johnson, program executive, Near-Earth Object (NEO) Observations Program, NASA Headquarters, Washington
--Timothy Spahr, director, Minor Planet Center, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.
--Donald Yeomans, manager, NEO Office, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.
--Amy Mainzer, principal investigator, NEOWISE observatory, JPL
--Edward Beshore, deputy principal investigator, Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer Asteroid Sample Return Mission, University of Arizona, Tucson

Reporters can obtain dial-in information by sending an email to Dwayne Brown at [email protected] by noon Thursday. Requests must include the reporter's name, affiliation and telephone number.

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at: http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio

Related images for the teleconference will be available at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/telecon20130207.html

For detailed information concerning the Earth flyby of 2012 DA14, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html

A Ustream feed of the flyby from a telescope at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be broadcast from 9 p.m. to midnight EST on Feb. 15. To view the feed and ask researchers questions via Twitter about the flyby, visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc