Meteor strikes on lobbyists' minds

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Earth":

"… Calif., that would "establish an Office of Potentially Hazardous Near-Earth Object Preparedness" and "prepare the United States for readiness to avoid …"

"… diness to avoid and to mitigate collisions with potentially hazardous near-Earth objects in collaboration with other agencies through the identification of …"

"… SA to continue efforts to "detect, track, catalogue, and characterize near-Earth asteroids and comets in order to provide warning and mitigation of the pot …"

"… der to provide warning and mitigation of the potential hazard of such near-Earth objects to the Earth," Senate records show. The bill also "expresses the …"

Looking for interplanetary defense work?

By R. Jeffrey Smith

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rusty Schweickart":

"… ” but so far it has deflected, so to speak, a call from former astronaut Rusty Schweickart to begin a special study of the threat of attack by the rock known as AG5. …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Space":

"… 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 …"