Published on Apr 1, 2013
The scary part about this one is that it’s something we didn’t even know about.’
– Patrick Paolucci, president of the online Slooh Space Camera.
Members of Congress asked NASA White House and Air Force officials what they’re doing to combat the threat of near-Earth asteroids
“The answer to you is, ‘if it’s coming in three weeks, pray,'” space agency chief Charles Bolden said, in response to Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), who asked what NASA would do if a large asteroid headed on a collision course with Earth was discovered today with only three weeks before impact.
“The reason I can’t do anything in the next three weeks is because for decades we have put it off.”
In the last 20 days, an asteroid the size of a city block and three smaller space rocks have zoomed safely by Earth, the latest demonstration that we live in a solar system that some scientists have dubbed a “cosmic shooting gallery.”
All four asteroid flybys occurred between March 4 and Sunday, March 10. The asteroids were also all discovered this month, some just days ago.