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A Little Respect for the Asteroid Threat

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Science  13 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5588, pp. 1785-1787
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5588.1785b

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ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA-- At a NASA-sponsored workshop held here last week, researchers heard mixed tidings about the asteroid threat. The search for civilization-ending asteroids is on track, but tens of thousands of smaller bodies could still wreak havoc. And if an asteroid of whatever size were detected on a collision course with Earth, no one would know what to do about it.