Asteroid Deflection Should Be Next 'Sputnik Moment'

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    As if we haven't had enough doomsday fatigue from Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, and biblical scripture soothsayers, the Russian news agency, Ria Novosti, reported last week: "Russian Astronomers Predict Apophis-Earth Collision in 2036."


    Popularized by Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Schweickart, the 1,300-foot long near-Earth asteroid Apophis has been widely reported as a "doomsday asteroid." It has projected razor-thin near-misses with our frail blue planet in 2029, 2036, 2056, 2068, and beyond.


    http://news.discovery.com/space/asteroid-deflection-should-be-next-sputnik-moment.html

    NASA has said they don't think this one will hit us, but they still won't guarantee it. I like the ideas this article had for preventing a collision, and it should be taken seriously, finally. Apophis might be the best chance to practice some techniques.
     
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