[extropy-chat] Super Size - This?
fauxever at sprynet.com
Sun Apr 10 21:25:50 UTC 2005
"Asteroid 2004 MN4 was no false alarm. Instead, it has provided the best
evidence yet that a catastrophic encounter with a rogue visitor from space
is not only possible but probably inevitable.
It also demonstrated the tenacity of the small band of professionals and
amateurs who track potential impact asteroids, and highlighted the
shortcomings of an international system that pays scant attention to their
"I used to say the total number of people interested in this was no more
than one shift at a McDonald's restaurant," said David Morrison, an
astronomer at NASA's Ames Research Center and a student of near-Earth
objects for nearly three decades. "Now it's maybe two shifts.":
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