NASA Must Urgently Improve Asteroid Detection Program, Report Says

September 16, 2014 4:47 AM

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NASA Must Urgently Improve Asteroid Detection Program, Report Says

Do you remember last year’s asteroid impact in Chelyabinsk, Russia? Thanks to the Russian drivers who are well equipped with dash cams, we had the chance to witness the most thorough recorded asteroid impact ever. But while it was spectacular, the event cause some distress among regular people, as well as among astronomers and legislators. The question ‘what if an asteroid hits Earth’ has been a common theme among apocalyptic movies, but NASA takes this question seriously. Well, according to an internal evaluation, not serious enough.

The Office of Inspector General released an audit report titled “NASA’s Efforts to Identify Near-Earth Objects and Mitigate Hazards” on Monday. The agency’s Near-Earth Object Program is budgeted annualy with $40 million. The sum is ten times larger compared to five years ago. Nevertheless, the budge...

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