NASA’s plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid

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NASA’s plan to save Earth from a giant asteroid

65 million years ago, a large asteroid collided with Earth near present-day Chicxulub, Mexico. The impact was a climactic event that likely contributed to dinosaur extinction. Today, Earth remains vulnerable to asteroid collisions. In recent history, space rocks have landed in The United States, Russia, and elsewhere. In the event of a potential asteroid collision, NASA has developed several options for dealing with the threat. Researchers at NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies and Jet Propulsion Laboratory have proposed using blunt force, weaponized deflection or a theoretical tool called a gravity tractor to deflect impact. In addition to developing contingency plans, NASA scientists are also searching the sky for future asteroid threats. To learn more about their work and NASA’s plan to prevent an asteroid collision, make sure to watch the video above.

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The film that inspired the creation of Asteroid Day. Damon Miller is a filmmaker grappling with the pressures of an impoverished profession and a dissolving relationship. One routine assignment will change his life as he is involved in the disturbing research into Near-Earth Objects.

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Scientists Rock is a 7-part video series created by Asteroid Day introducing you to the people working to protect us from asteroids. Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Brian May, Chris Hadfield and many others.

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Asteroid Day Co-Founder and Filmmaker Grig Richters has produced “Astronauts in Conversation” – a new film series with legendary space explorers Michel Tognini, Andre Kuipers, Helen Sharman, Richard Richards and Dorin Prunariu.
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