As I noted before, the NEO (Near Earth Object) 99942 Apophis is going to be passing through cis-lunar space twice within the next 30 years. Now the Association of Space Explorers's Committee on Near-Earth Objects (!!) has spent two years to complete a proposal to encourage the world to establish guidelines for dealing with future asteroid impacts. Their proposal, The Executive Summary of Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response, was released on 25 September 2008.
In short, the study recommends that the UN should
- Create an information, analysis and warning network.
- Create a mission planning and operations group.
- Create a UN controlled oversight organization.