threat: Don't worry, Congress is looking
Astronomers have long warned of a nasty
encounter with a large space rock, but don't
worry: There's a proposal in Congress to
establish a commission to look into it.
By Leonard David, SPACE.com's Space Insider
Columnist / July 20, 2010
Lawmakers are paying new attention to how
best to shield Earth from a bad day —
getting whacked by an asteroid or comet that
has our planet in its cross-hairs.
A new bill introduced to Congress proposes
establishing a government-sponsored
commission to study the threat of a major
space rock collision with Earth and how
prepared we are — as a country and a planet
— to face such a danger.