NASA chief: Earth is DOOMED
Billions of dollars are needed to keep the Earth safe from asteroids like the one that smashed into Russia last month, experts have told the US government.
While NASA has made good progress cataloguing nearly 93 per cent of larger Near-Earth Objects (NEOs), smaller meteorites like the Chelyabinsk one – which was around 17m wide – can often slip through the net.
Experts met with the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology to review the government’s efforts to track and mitigate against asteroids and meteors, efforts that were acknowledged to be difficult under current budget restraints.
“The smaller they are, the harder they are to spot, and yet they can be life-threatening,” congressman Lamar Smith, chair of the committee, said in opening remarks.