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NASA Experts Discuss Russia Meteor in Media Teleconference Today
15 Feb 2013
(Source: NASA/JPL/MSFC)

Meteor Map
A fireball seen flying over Russia on Feb. 15 at 3:20: 26 UTC impacted Chelyabinsk. Preliminary information is that this object was unrelated to asteroid 2012 DA14, which made a safe pass by Earth today. Image credit: Google Earth, NASA/JPL-Caltech

PASADENA -- NASA experts will hold a teleconference for news media at 1 p.m. PST (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, which will safely pass Earth today at a distance of more than 17,000 miles (27,360 kilometers). 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.

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, with the latest images and video online at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/main/index.html


D.C. Agle 818-393-9011
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
agle@jpl.nasa.gov

Steve Cole
Headquarters, Washington
202-358-0918
stephen.e.cole@nasa.gov

Janet Anderson
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
256-544-0034
janet.l.anderson@nasa.gov

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