[meteorite-list] Asteroids Fighters, Unite: United Nations Votes to Create Global Force
From: Galactic Stone & Ironworks <meteoritemike_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:20:00 -0400
Great idea - about time. This cannot hurt in any way and Chelyabinsk
is a wake-up call.
-- ------------------------------------------------------------- Web - http://www.galactic-stone.com Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/galacticstone Twitter - http://twitter.com/galacticstone Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/galacticstone ------------------------------------------------------------- On 10/28/13, Ron Baalke <baalke at zagami.jpl.nasa.gov> wrote: > > > http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-un-asteroid-defense-plan-20131028,0,5301471.story > > > > Asteroid fighters, unite: UN votes to create global force > By Deborah Netburn > Los Angeles Times > October 28, 2013 > > Even the United Nations is taking the threat of asteroids hitting our > planet seriously. > > Last week, the U.N. General Assembly approved measures to coordinate > detection > and response to asteroid strikes that could level cities and possibly > destroy our civilization. > > Specifically, the agency voted to create an International Asteroid Warning > Network made up of scientists, observatories and space agencies around > the planet to share information about newly discovered asteroids and how > likely they are to impact Earth. The group will also work with disaster > relief organizations to help them determine the best response to an asteroid > > impact like the one that rattled the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in > February. > > The U.N. will also set up a space mission planning advisory group to look > into how humans might deflect an asteroid heading our way -- the best > options, the costs and the technologies needed. The results of that study > will be shared with space agencies throughout the world. > > The General Assembly also agreed that the existing U.N. Committee on > the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space would monitor threats from asteroids > and help plan and authorize a deflection campaign if necessary. > > These measures were based in part on recommendations from the Association > of Space Explorers, a professional society of astronauts and cosmonauts. > The group, made up entirely of people who have flown in the space, submitted > > a report to the U.N. in 2009 titled "Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global > Response." The report outlined steps for how the U.N. could help prevent > a dangerous asteroid strike. > > Speaking at a news conference on Friday, Apollo 9 Astronaut Rusty > Schweickart > said the group believes decisions on how to respond to an asteroid threat > must be handled by an international body. > > As of now, the only way to deflect a dangerous asteroid is to detect it > 10 to 15 years in advance, and then alter its orbit slightly so it would > miss Earth, Schweickart said. > > "The question is, which way do you move it?" he said. "And if something > goes wrong in the middle of the deflection, you have now caused havoc > in some other nation that was not at risk. Therefore, this decision of > what to do and how to do it, what systems to use, and all the rest of > it has to be coordinated internationally." > > Schweickart described the measures recently adopted by the U.N. as a > skeleton > of a decision-making process that will help guide the international > community > on how to handle a threat if one arises. > > "I say a skeleton because it has no meat or muscle on it yet, " he said. > "That is the challenge as we go forward." > > The members of the space explorers group have already outlined the next > steps that they would like to see implemented in a global asteroid defense > plan. > > They want to see national governments include asteroid impacts in their > disaster response plans and budgets, and they want policy makers to direct > national space agencies to launch an international asteroid deflection > demonstration in the next 10 years. > > They also want to find the nearly 1 million near-Earth objects that could > potentially strike our planet. > > "One-hundred years ago, if the Earth is hit by an asteroid ... that is > bad luck," said Ed Lu, an member of the group who spent seven months on > the International Space Station and is now chief executive of the B612 > Foundation. "If 20 years from now we get hit again, that is not bad luck, > that is stupidity. We can do better as a race." > > > ______________________________________________ > > Visit the Archives at http://www.meteorite-list-archives.com > Meteorite-list mailing list > Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com > http://six.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/meteorite-list >Received on Mon 28 Oct 2013 11:20:00 PM PDT