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International Asteroid Day: NASA celebrates occasion with a special broadcast
The US space agency NASA marks the worldwide observance of International Asteroid Day on June 30 with a special television program featuring the agency's Planetary Defense Coordination Office and other projects working to find and study near-Earth objects (NEOs).

The broadcast will be part of a 24-hour Asteroid Day program from Broadcasting Centre Europe, beginning at 9 pm June 29 (1 am June 30 GMT) and streaming online at: https://asteroidday.org/live

The program will air on NASA Television and the agency's website, stated the release. "Viewers will learn how NASA-funded researchers find, track and characterise NEOs – asteroids and comets that come within the vicinity of Earth's orbit and could pose an impact hazard to Earth – and how NASA is working to get our nation prepared to respond to a potential impact threat" it added.

"At NASA, every day is an asteroid day, but we value the international collaboration for a designated day to call attention to the importance of detecting and tracking hazardous asteroids," said Planetary Defense Officer Lindley Johnson at NASA Headquarters.

NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is responsible for finding, tracking and characterising potentially hazardous asteroids and comets coming near Earth, issuing warnings about possible impacts, and assisting coordination of U.S. government response planning, should there be an actual impact threat, it noted.

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