To help you sort through the clutter of asteroid-related news, we compiled a selection of the most interesting pieces from the past couple of days. We start our news digest with a story about one of our longest-standing partners:
Asteroid (10707) Prunariu
2011 PTF image of 10707 Prunariu.
Last April, one of our earliest supporters and Asteroid Day ambassador, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, first and only Romanian cosmonaut, 103rd human in outer space, recipient of the Hero of Romania and Hero of the Soviet Unionawards and founding member of the Association of Space explorers (ASE), had an asteroid named after him: (10707) Prunariu. The asteroid – discovered all the way back on October 24, 1981 – measures 6 km in diameter and completes its orbit around the sun every 1,385 days. At the closest, in 2131, it passes Earth at 0.87 AU. We would like to extend our congratulations to our long-standing friend and supporter and are looking forward to welcoming him in Luxembourg on June 30!
For more on this story, read the Romanian National News Agency’s full report.
Planetary Defense Conference
This entire week will be marked by the fifth bi-annual Planetary Defense Conference, taking place from May 15-19 at ...