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Near-Earth Object Protection: NASA or Defense Department Mission?

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posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 12:55 AM
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Near-Earth Object Protection: NASA or Defense Department Mission?


www.livescience.com

The NEO Preparedness Act calls upon the NASA Administrator to establish an Office of Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object Preparedness. That office would “prepare the United States for readiness to avoid and to mitigate collisions with potentially hazardous near-Earth objects in collaboration with other Agencies through the identification of situation- and decision-analysis factors and selection of procedures and systems.”
(visit the link for the full news article)




posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 12:55 AM
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Planet X? A Brown Dwarf? An asteroid? Why exactly is this going on...?

www.livescience.com
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posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 01:12 AM
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Originally posted by RabbitChaser
Why exactly is this going on...?


Umm... did you read your own article?


That office would "prepare the United States for readiness to avoid and to mitigate collisions with potentially hazardous near-Earth objects in collaboration with other Agencies through the identification of situation- and decision-analysis factors and selection of procedures and systems."


Pretty self explanatory.

[edit on 6-4-2008 by WestPoint23]



posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 01:21 AM
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I would have to say that the reasons for this are quite obvious.
One need only look at our planet to realize that we can be hit at any time.

Of course it would be optimal if this were an international project since the whole planet is at risk and not just the US.



posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 01:22 AM
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That's what "they" are telling the public anyway



posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 01:50 AM
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Originally posted by RabbitChaser
That's what "they" are telling the public anyway


Oh right, "they"; I'm glad you caught on to them.



posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 02:06 AM
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Intense topic there, Rabbit, Star!

I'm always interested in this, ever since the comet Shumaker-Levy
impacted Jupiter in 1993. Seeing that, woke the world up, and quickened
our thoughts about the number one thing in a human's instinct:

Self-preservation!!!

Terrifying stuff- Asteroid Impact Effects: Prepare to be Scared

Hopefully, the great scope-jockeys who look out for us will be able to
warn us in time to do something about it!

Search for Dangerous Near Earth Objects

Personally, i believe that all the recent space shuttle missions have
something to do with the plan to either recognize potential space hazards;
and/or actually study what exactly the best option will be in protecting
life on earth!



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