Friday, February 15, 2013

NASA EXPERTS DISCUSS RUSSIA METEOR IN MEDIA TELECONFERENCE TODAY

NASA EXPERTS DISCUSS RUSSIA METEOR IN MEDIA TELECONFERENCE TODAY

WASHINGTON -- NASA experts will hold a teleconference for news media 
at 4 p.m. EST today to discuss a meteor that streaked through the 
skies over Russia's Urals region this morning. 

Scientists have determined the Russia meteor is not related to 
asteroid 2012 DA14 that will pass safely pass Earth today at a 
distance of more than 17,000 miles. Early assessments of the Russia 
meteor indicate it was about one-third the size of 2012 DA14 and 
traveling in a different direction. 

Panelists for the teleconference are: 
-- Bill Cooke, lead for the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA's 
Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. 
-- Paul Chodas, research scientist in the Near Earth Object Program 
Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. 

News media interested in participating should dial 888-843-7186 and 
use the passcode METEOR. 

The teleconference will be carried live online at: 

http://www.nasa.gov/newsaudio 

For detailed information concerning the Earth flyby of 2012 DA14, 
visit: 

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/asteroidflyby.html 

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