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28 September 2008

Asteroid Protection Program

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.