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February 4, 2013

Dwayne Brown
Headquarters, Washington

Janet L. Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

NASA Hosts Feb. 7 Media Teleconference on Asteroid Earth Flyby

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 dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov 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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