NASA to Host News Conference on Asteroid Search Findings

NASA will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT on Thurs., Sept. 29, to reveal near-Earth asteroid findings and implications for future research.

The briefing will take place in the NASA Headquarters James E. Webb Auditorium, located at 300 E St. SW in Washington.

NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission, launched in December 2009, captured millions of images of galaxies and objects in space. During the news conference, panelists will discuss results from an enhancement of WISE called Near-Earth Object WISE (NEOWISE) that hunted for asteroids.

The panelists are:

— Lindley Johnson, NEO program executive, NASA Headquarters,


— Amy Mainzer, NEOWISE principal investigator, NASA’s Jet Propulsion

Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

— Tim Spahr, director, Minor Planet Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical

Observatory, Cambridge, Mass.

— Lucy McFadden, scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center,

Greenbelt, Md.

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