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UN Urged to Take Action Against Killer Asteroids

 
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UN Urged to Take Action Against Killer Asteroids
from MSM?

[link to www.foxnews.com]

VIENNA, Austria It is disaster planning on a galactic scale: Space experts want to come up with a contingency plan on what to do in case a killer asteroid collides with Earth.

The experts, including former American astronaut Rusty Schweickart, told U.N. officials Tuesday that the international community needs a plan to counter so-called Near Earth Objects in advance of the potential catastrophe.

Deflecting asteroids or at least evacuating people in areas where they might strike could save millions of lives.

"This is a natural disaster, which is larger, potentially, than any other natural disaster we know of," Schweickart said. "However, it is preventable ... that's a very important thing to keep in mind. But it is our responsibility to take action to do that."

Asteroids are small planetary bodies that revolve around the sun, according to the NASA Web site, which states that many scientists believe an asteroid collided with Earth about 65 million years ago, helping cause environmental changes that led to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

Schweickart, a former Apollo 9 crew member, spoke at a news conference after briefing U.N. officials on a recent report called "Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response."
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Re: UN Urged to Take Action Against Killer Asteroids
evacuation is a joke. Anything that's big enough to see will destroy most life. Anything worth evacuating for, is never seen.





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