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"Defending the Earth against tiny asteroids such as the one that passed over Siberia and impacted there is a challenging issue that is something that is not currently our goal," Paul Chodas, a scientist with the Near Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., told reporters Friday (Feb. 15 2013). [Meteor Blast Over Russia Feb. 15: Complete Coverage]
"We are focusing on the larger asteroids first," Chodas added. "They are the ones that are the most hazardous."
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: CharlieSpeirs
Well, NASA absolutely said that, after all.
Did they not?
too bad it's not NASA's priority to search and detect such things as well.
However, Bolden also admitted that current funding provided to NASA for its NEO work ($20.5 million in FY2012, up from just $4 million a few years earlier) was not sufficient to achieve the goal in NASA’s 2005 authorization act to discover 90 percent of the NEOs at least 140 meters in diameter by 2020. “At the present budget levels—and not the going-down budget levels—it will be 2030 before we can reach the 90-percent level as prescribed by Congress,” he said.
NASA have finally addressed the asteroid threat that has been imminent since 2011 when comet Elenin was the hot topic of fear mongers and twits.