RESOURCES: Watch Your Asteroid

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Science  08 Feb 2002:
Vol. 295, Issue 5557, pp. 935
DOI: 10.1126/science.295.5557.935b

If you happened to catch either of the Hollywood blockbusters Armageddon or Deep Impact, you're aware that an asteroid or comet could smash into Earth and blast us all into oblivion. For the true odds that a killer space rock will pummel the planet, check out the Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards Web site. The site from NASA's Ames Research Center focuses on efforts to spot threatening “near-Earth objects” before it's too late. It features news stories, government reports and congressional testimony, a bibliography of relevant scientific papers, and—for those who like to worry—links to lists of objects that will soon whiz through our celestial neighborhood. NASA is spending $3.5 million annually to spot the estimated 1000 near-Earth objects bigger than a kilometer across. Researchers hope to catalog 90% of these potential killers by 2008.

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