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Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

Special interests have prodded U.S. government to fund tracking of killer space rocks.

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"… onautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008, that directed NASA to continue efforts to "detect, track, catalogue, and characterize near-Ea …"

"… search for such objects and an identification of their characteristics." NASA for years has engaged in various efforts to track near-earth asteroids and …"

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By R. Jeffrey Smith

A quick take on Earth's defense system against asteroids, and a likely contractor for the job

Pentagon's space surveillance is overwhelmed despite spending billions to upgrade the system

By Laurel Adams

Pentagon can't keep up with tracking space objects that have risen five-fold in 30 years

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"… mmunication systems.A major cornerstone of the system over-haul, the Joint Space Operation Center Mission System, has been fraught with technical problems …"

"… There are significant inherent challenges to executing and overseeing the Space Situational Awareness mission, largely due to the sheer number of governme …"