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Thu, Feb 21, 2013

Science Committee Chair Says Asteroid, Meteor Show Need For Space Science

Plans Hearing In Coming Weeks To Address Potential Threats

The chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Lamar Smith (R-Texas) (pictured) says that an unforeseen meteor exploding in the sky above Russia, on the same day that a large asteroid passed relatively close to Earth, are a stark reminder of the need to invest in space science. "Asteroid 2012 DA14 passed just 17,000 miles from Earth, less than the distance of a round trip from New York to Sydney.  And ... a much smaller meteorite hit near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, damaging buildings and injuring hundreds.

“Developing technology and research that enable us to track objects like Asteroid 2012 DA14 is critical to our future. We should continue to invest in systems that identify threatening asteroids and develop contingencies, if needed, to change the course of an asteroid headed toward Earth.
 
“Fifty years ago, we would have had no way of seeing an asteroid like this coming.  Now, thanks to the discoveries NASA has made in its short history, we have known about 2012 DA14 for about a year.  As the world leader in space exploration, America has made great progress for mankind.  But our work is not done.  We should continue to study, research, and explore space to better understand our universe and better protect our planet.”
 
Smith said the Science, Space, and Technology Committee will hold a hearing in the coming weeks to examine ways to better identify and address asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth.

FMI: http://science.house.gov

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