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April 5, 2019

Media Invited to Attend International Planetary Defense Conference

artist impression's addressing an asteroid

The IAA Planetary Defense Conference will highlight NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), the first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense, depicted in this artist’s rendition. The DART mission, managed by APL, is a project of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL

Media are invited to attend the sixth International Academy of Astronautics Planetary Defense Conference in College Park, Maryland, from April 29 to May 3. The conference, which is co-sponsored by NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland, brings together experts from around the world to present the latest research on near-Earth objects. These celestial objects are asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun and come within 30 million miles of Earth’s orbit, where some may pose an impact hazard to our planet.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is scheduled to deliver the conference’s opening keynote address on April 29. On May 1, the Planetary Society will host a free, public event featuring NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green, Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye and other leading planetary defense experts. Conference participants also will take part in an exercise simulating efforts to address a hypothetical scenario of an asteroid impacting Earth.

The conference will highlight the development of the first-ever mission to demonstrate an asteroid deflection technique for planetary defense, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART). The mission, managed by APL, is a project of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, located at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. The DART mission is one element of the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan that will be discussed at the conference.

Media wishing to attend the meeting in person or remotely must contact Margaret Simon at Margaret.Simon@jhuapl.edu by April 24. Remote attendees will be provided with live-stream details shortly before the conference begins on April 29.

The link will also be posted at http://pdc.iaaweb.org/?q=ipc.

For information about the conference program and activities, visit http://pdc.iaaweb.org.

Tolearn more about NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office, visit https://ww.nasa.gov/planetarydefense.

Media contacts:

Justyna Surowiec/Margaret Simon
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Maryland
240-228-8103/240-228-7150
Justyna.Surowiec@jhuapl.edu/Margaret.Simon@jhuapl.edu

Dwayne Brown/JoAnna Wendel
NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
202-358-1726/202-358-1003
dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov/joanna.r.wendel@nasa.gov

The Applied Physics Laboratory, a not-for-profit division of The Johns Hopkins University, meets critical national challenges through the innovative application of science and technology. For more information, visit www.jhuapl.edu.