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 .
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