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    Vienna, 11 June 2013

    Media Advisory

    The media is invited to attend the press briefing on

    The Next Steps in Space Exploration: NASA Asteroid Initiative

    with Charles Bolden


    Tuesday 18 June 2013

    9.00 - 9.40 a.m.

    at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), C- Building, Conference Room C4, 7th floor

    NASA envisages the first-ever human mission to an asteroid. The asteroid initiative comprises  two distinct yet related activities: the mission to redirect an asteroid to an orbit closer to Earth so humans can travel to it, and an effort to improve the detection, characterization, and mitigation planning for potentially hazardous asteroids. NASA will pursue these two complementary activities simultaneously.

    Charles Bolden has been the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) since 2009. After joining the office in 1980, he travelled to orbit four times aboard a space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.


    Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

    Mazlan Othman, Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

    Moderator: Janos Tisovszky, Director, United Nations Information Service

    More information is available on

    A VIC grounds pass is required. Please register by 14 June by writing to:

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    For more information please contact:

    Romana Kofler
    United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
    Telephone: (+43-1) 26060-4962
    Email: romana.kofler[at]

    Regina Rohrbach
    Public Information Officer
    United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna
    Tel: (+43-1) 26060 ext. 3898
    E-Mail: regina.rohrbach[at]