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Media Telecon: The Impact and Recovery of Asteroid 2008 TC3
03.25.09
 
Date: Wed. March 25
Time: 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific
Reporters who would like to participate in the call should submit requests for dial-in instructions to Steve Cole at stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov.
A replay of the teleconference will be available until May 1 by dialing 888-403-4660.

Panelists:
Peter Jenniskens, meteor astronomer at NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., and the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif.
Steve Chesley, scientist in NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.
Michael Zolensky, cosmic mineralogist at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston
Lucy McFadden, professor of astronomy at the University of Maryland in College Park

Peter Jenniskens (pronounced YEN-nis-kus)
Image 1A
asteroid briefing image
Infrared image taken by the Meteosat 8 satellite of asteroid 2008 TC3 exploding. Image courtesy: EUMESTAT
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Image 1B
asteroid in the sky
Image taken by a cellphone of the contrail left by 2008 TC3 during its decent. Image courtesy: Shaddad
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Image 1C
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University of Khartoum students and staff prepare to search for meteorite remnants
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Image 1D
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The Nubian desert
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Image 1E
close-up view of meteorite
A typical example of a meteorite remnant linked to asteroid 2008 TC3, with a dark scruffy texture.
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Image 1F people pointing at meteorite
Muawia Shaddad of the University of Khartoum, Sudan and NASA meteor astronomer Peter Jenniskens join students of the University of Khartoum at the location of one of the larger finds from the first search campaign, Dec. 8, 2008.


Steve Chesley
Image 2A
asteroid briefing image
Telescope of the Catalina Sky Survey. Image courtesy: NASA/CSS
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Image 2B
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Detecting asteroid 2008 TC3 in space.

Image 2C
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Impact trajectory of asteroid 2008 TC3.

Image 2D
aerial view of asteroid track on Earth
This space-based view of the Nubian Desert shows altitude in kilometers (in white circles) and meteor locations in red. Image courtesy NASA Ames/SETI/JPL | ›  Full resolution


Mike Zolensky
Image 3A
asteroid briefing image
Meteorite sample

Image 3B
piece of asteroid
Meteorite sample linked to asteroid TC3
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Image 3C
close-up view of asteroid
Electron views of meteorite samples
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Image 3D
montage of space rocks
Asteroid types
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Lucy McFadden
Image 4A
different meteorites
Meteorite types
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Image 4B
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Near-Earth asteroids

Image 4C
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Animation of Near-Earth objects that approached within 20 million kilometers (12.4 million miles) of Earth between the dates of July 2007 and June 2008. Image courtesy: IAU/Harvard/MPC

Supplemental Images
Image 5A
bus stuck in sand
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Image 5B
asteroid briefing image
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