SpaceJibe

November 25, 2008

Experts Call for Global Network to Prevent Asteroid Disasters

Filed under: Asteroids, Inner Solar System — bferrari @ 9:24 pm

Nov 25 04:23 PM US/Eastern
Artists rendition released by NASA shows an asteroid belt in orbit around a star. Between 500 and 1,000 massive asteroids cross the Earths path regularly and any one of them could cause a global catastrophe, space experts warned Tuesday, urging quick preventive measures.

Artist's rendition released by NASA shows an asteroid belt in orbit around a star. Between 500 and 1,000 massive asteroids cross the Earth's path regularly and any one of them could cause a global catastrophe, space experts warned Tuesday, urging quick preventive measures.

Between 500 and 1,000 massive asteroids cross the Earth’s path regularly and any one of them could cause a global catastrophe, space experts warned Tuesday, urging quick preventive measures.Some 6,000 cosmic objects circulating around the planet are currently known to experts in the field, the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) told a press conference at the UN headquarters in Vienna, where it presented its report “Asteroid Threats: A Call for Global Response.

And of these, up to 1,000 had a diameter of 150 kilometres (93 miles) or more, meaning they could cause major damage to the Earth’s surface, prompting fires, tsunamis and ensuing disasters like famine, it said.

More on the story after the jump: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=081125202309.3nc9oytq&show_article=1

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