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NEO Flyby

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
February 15, 2013
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NASA to Chronicle Close Earth Flyby of Asteroid
“NASA Television will provide commentary starting at 11 a.m. PST (2 p.m. EST) on Friday, Feb. 15, during the close, but safe, flyby of a small near-Earth asteroid named 2012 DA14. NASA places a high priority on tracking asteroids and protecting our home planet from them. This flyby will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to study a near-Earth object up close.”

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One response to “NEO Flyby”

  1. Steve Whitfield says:
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    Mike,

    Blame Hollywood.  Earth-approaching rocks have become a laughing stock.

    I’ve seen all of the asteroid/meteor/comet movies (yes, it’s shameful) and I’ve seen only one (Meteor, 1979, Sean Connery, Karl Malden, Natalie Wood, Martin Landau, and Henry Fonda) that came close to getting the facts right (as they were understood at the time).

    Joe Public probably figures he knows what it’s all about, so they adopt the same attitude as the rest of us — tell me if there’s any chance at all of the rock hitting us, then I’ll pay attention.

    Either way, there’s nothing we can do (currently) about deflecting or destroying a rock predicted to hit us, and that is what I wish people would pay attention to.  There are only a handful of people, across the entire planet, who are working seriously on addressing this danger.

    Steve