Asteroid Day is a UN-sanctioned global awareness campaign with thousands of independent events being organised all around the world on 30th June each year. Design & Data GmbH produced a number of video clips for ESA, which were shown as part of a two-hour live webcast.

On 30 June 2018, the European Space Agency (ESA) and European Southern Observatory (ESO) streamed a two-hour live Asteroid Day webcast from the new ESO Supernova Planetarium and Visitor Centre in Munich. This included interviews with ESA scientists and asteroid experts.

Design & Data GmbH were commissioned at short notice to produce content for pre-recorded segments of the webcast from the Munich Institute for Astro- and Particle Physics (MIAPP) in Garching and the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne.

In the limited time available our team had to come up with a clear strategy to record a large number of scientists from all around the world for just one day of shooting at MIAPP during a scientific workshop on near-earth objects. Together with ESA we prepared a good portion of the thought process on how the videos could be structured, asking the delegates: “How likely is it an asteroid will strike Earth?”, “What can we do to protect ourselves from asteroid impact?”, and “How do astronomers talk about asteroid risk?”

From the EAC we interviewed Italian ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano about the challenges of human missions to asteroids, as well as the technologies necessary for their exploration and exploitation. To accompany this we needed to source a number of technical animations and training footage in analogue environments to illustrate the kinds of tasks that would need to be performed on an asteroid.

The resulting videos contributed successfully to the ESA/ESO Asteroid Day webcast, which was viewed by over 10,000 people.

  • Animations