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Found: Pieces of space rock once seen heading for Earth

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posted on Feb, 19 2009 @ 05:25 PM
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The discovery of meteorites from an asteroid that exploded over Sudan in October completes an astronomical trifecta. For the first time, scientists have detected a space rock ahead of a collision with Earth, watched it streak through the atmosphere, and then recovered pieces of it. Analysis of the meteorites could shed light on conditions in the early solar system more than 4 billion years ago.


Anyone else find this disheartening? Imagine if a potentially catastrophic, large impact meteor was never detected until it were too late. Just goes to show how unprepared we are. But I suppose this the first step in the right detection to mapping our surroundings. We should begin to fully digitize space and create a virtual, real-time geography of space so that we are more prepared in the future. Google Earth allows us to examine our planet on the street level. Why not have something comparable for the space around our planet? Sure, it might be boring. But we could at least visualize local space in a mathematical framework, and that would have obvious implications. I'm not sure if NASA or any other organization has yet access to technology such as this (this article seems to indicate it doesn't).

[edit on 19-2-2009 by cognoscente]




posted on Feb, 19 2009 @ 06:26 PM
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We don't focus on space as a threat because the real threat lies miles beneath us under the earth's crust. The governments of the world are well aware of the subterranean bug threat, and that's why they only use peacemeal space efforts to distract the populace.



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