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Originally posted by StealthyKat
reply to post by Gorman91
Yes, I agree with you....when I posted this thread, I was under the impression that is was a large one (otherwise I wouldn't have posted it).....then I discovered it was not true....but it was too late, it was already posted . There are a lot out there ...more than most people would think. I was amazed to see how much debris and "space junk" is circling our planet as well!
Originally posted by Pershing1973
For those that think there is no plan except for the wealthy maybe should read this.
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The USA already spends 3.5 million dollars on this a year that many citizens have lobbied to increase to 20 million. Any Earth collision is still very much theory on top of this. Lets face it we still have very little idea how big the Tunguska asteroid or whatever was.
Reading this thread would make you believe that any near Earth asteroid is a global killer. Too many factors exist like size, material, density, angle, and impact region. The Earth has been hit thousands of known times before, there has never been a mass extinction of amphibians known who are apparently the most fragile in any kind of global change.
Enjoy life whilst we have it, stop panicking that something that has not happened over recorded times and convincing yourselves it is going to happen in the next few years.
Several teams of astronomers worldwide are surveying the sky with electronic cameras to find NEOs, but the total effort involves fewer than 100 people. The most productive NEO survey is the LINEAR search program of the MIT Lincoln Lab, carried out in New Mexico with US Air Force and NASA support. The LINEAR team, which operates two search telescopes with one-meter aperture, discovers more asteroids than all the other searches combined. Other active survey groups include the NEAT search program in Hawaii, carried out jointly by the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab and the US Air Force; the Spacewatch survey at the University of Arizona, funded by NASA and a variety of private grants, the LONEOS survey at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff Arizona, supported by NASA grants, and the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson Arizona, also supported by NASA. Other astronomers (many of them amateurs) follow up the discoveries with supporting observations.