This area will cover relevant news of the threat to the planet from Near Earth Objects (NEOs) including concepts and designs for mitigation. All opinions are those of the author.

25 January 2007

Article Along With Online Poll: "Another Asteroid Collision With Earth: It's Just a Matter of Time"

There is a link in this article to an online vote about how prepared people think we are for an asteroid strike. Vote.

Quotes from the article: "He [Apollo 9 astronaut Russell Schweickart and B612 Foundation member] wants to see the United Nations set up an agency mandated to prevent an asteroid from colliding with the Earth and has planned a series of meetings around the world to develop a comprehensive plan. Schweickart anticipates a project that would cost several hundred million dollars, a burden for any single country, but something much more practical as a combined effort...And the lack of a plan, said Schweickart, is something that causes him to lose sleep."

----- Online Poll about Planetary Defense:
Link to Poll:

Results as of 25 Jan 2006 12:16pm EST:

According to some scientists, the prospects for another asteroid or meteoroid hitting Earth of a size similar in magnitude to the one that is believed to have killed the dinosaurs are pretty good.

Do you think the planet is prepared for a severe asteroid or meteor strike?

- No. I think we're flying blind and taking our chances on this serious threat.

- Maybe. Even if we have some defenses, no one knows whether they will work until they're tested.

- Yes. Scientists are working to solve the problem, and humankind will figure out a solution.

Total Votes: 1,572


Article: "Another Asteroid Collision With Earth: It's Just a Matter of Time"
Gina Sunseri
Jan. 24, 2007

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