‘For God’s sake, fund it’: Astronaut pleas for NASA’s funding of neglected telescope, says it’s best chance of defending Earth from ‘city killer’ asteroids

A former NASA astronaut says the agency he used to work for has a duty to protect civilians from killer asteroids, but that it isn’t meeting that obligation. The threat of asteroid strikes might seem as abstract as outer space itself. But the risk, while infrequent, is real – and potentially more deadly than the threat posed by some of the most powerful nuclear weapons ever detonated. Risk of death from above In 1908, a space rock estimated to be several hundred feet in diameter screamed into Earth’s atmosphere at many thousands of miles per hour, causing the foreign body to explode over the remote Tunguska region of Russia with the force of a thermonuclear weapon. The resulting blast flattened trees over an area nearly twice the size of New York City. More recently, in 2013, a roughly 70-foot-wide meteorite shot over Chelyabinsk, Russia. The concussive fireball smashed windows for miles around and sent more than 1,000 people in multiple cities to hospitals, several dozen of them…

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