Russia recently sustained a meteor crash that injured more than 1000 people. That has brought our own meteor detection program back to the attention of Congress. Congress had asked NASA to find and track 90% of the asteroids that are 140 meters or greater in size by 2020.
At a hearing for the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, assistant to President Obama for science and technology, John Holdren, said, “Unfortunately, the number of undetected potential ‘city killers’ is very large. It’s in the range of 10,000 or more.”
I have one question, if they are undetected, how does he know there are 10,000 or more? Just asking.
Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, said the goals won’t be met until 2030 because they need more money. Sequester is the problem of course, even though they were ten years behind before sequester.
When asked what would happen if a meteor were to collide with earth in a few weeks, Bolden, who famously said that one of NASA’s missions was to make Muslims feel good about themselves, answered by saying,
“The answer to you, is, if it’s coming in three weeks, pray.”
I don’t know why we should bother detecting meteors because even if we detect them, there is no plan to deal with them. We might as well just stick with prayer.
Remember NASA’s mission: