United Nations to Adopt Asteroid Defense Plan

Ssc2005-01bThe Hollywood adaptation of this story is no doubt already in the works. In the meantime, Scientific American has the details of the UN’s plan to defeat an asteroid attack:

When a meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia in February, the world’s space agencies found out along with the rest of us, on Twitter and YouTube. That, says former astronaut Ed Lu, is unacceptable—and the United Nations agrees. Last week the General Assembly approved a set of measures that Lu and other astronauts have recommended to protect the planet from the dangers of rogue asteroids.

The U.N. plans to set up an “International Asteroid Warning Group” for member nations to share information about potentially hazardous space rocks. If astronomers detect an asteroid that poses a threat to Earth, the U.N.’s Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space will help coordinate a mission to launch a spacecraft to slam into the object and deflect it from its collision course.

Lu and other members of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) recommended these steps to the U.N. as a first step to address at the long-neglected problem of errant space rocks. “No government in the world today has explicitly assigned the responsibility for planetary protection to any of its agencies,” ASE member Rusty Schweickart, who flew on the Apollo 9 mission in 1969, said at the museum. “NASA does not have an explicit responsibility to deflect an asteroid, nor does any other space agency.” The ASE advocates that each nation delegate responsibility for dealing with a potential asteroid impact to an internal agency—before the event is upon us…

[continues at Scientific American]

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  • Richard Collins

    If the asteroids don’t get us global warming or super bugs might. We have a lot of issues to deal with.

  • emperorreagan

    UN to adopt asteroid protection plan: Aim United States at asteroid, 2 problems 1 stone.

    • DeepCough

      See you in the mineshafts, brother.

  • scotbot

    Remember what Carol Rosin said about Werner von Braun? That the New World Order has 5 objectives, the 4th of which was defending against asteroids.

    Well, anyway, suddenly George Bush Snr’s speech to the US Congress on 9/11/1991 [date in US format] about the NWO’s 5th objective takes on a whole new meaning. We’re quite literally nearly there.

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