WASHINGTON - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Thursday. Requests must include the reporter's name, affiliation and telephone number.
Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:
Related images for the teleconference will be available at:
For detailed information concerning the Earth flyby of 2012 DA14, visit:
To experience the Earth flyby from the asteroid's point of view, visit:
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:
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