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The head of Russia's federal space agency has said it will work to divert an asteroid which will make several passes near the Earth from 2029.
Anatoly Perminov told the Voice of Russia radio service that the agency's science council would hold a closed meeting to discuss the issue.
Any eventual plan is likely to be an international collaboration, he said.
A group of scientist warn of potential asteroid threats for 2009.
While the need to detect such "killer asteroids" is obvious, smaller "near-Earth asteroids" (NEA) can also cause devastation. In fact, NASA set a goal to identify 90 percent of the NEAs that measure one kilometer in diameter or larger by 2008.
A plan to assign a government agency the task of protecting the Earth from a catastrophic asteroid strike is being endorsed by a senior member of the U.S. House Science Committee. -- Amit Asaravala
Protecting Earth from hazardous asteroids and comets should be officially assigned to a capable U.S. government agency. That agency might turn out to be NASA or the Department of Defense, Schweickart said, but from a bureaucratic point of view, the candidate might be Homeland Security. -- Alan Boyle
The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected two asteroids as potential targets for a mission aimed at deflecting a nearby space rock. -- SPACE.com
This will become the first step towards the development of means to deal with potential asteroid impacts.
NEO Space Mission Preperation
The Planetary Society recently awarded Gene Shoemaker Near Earth Object Grants to five researchers to aid in studying the potentially hazardous comets and asteroids that orbit close to our planet. -- Bjorn Carey
The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations has called upon NASA to delve into how best to address the threat to Earth from incoming asteroids and comets. -- Leonard David
In Febuary 1997 a leading light in the British film industry leaked the story that Spielberg and executives of his company DreamWorks had secretly met with senior Pentagon officials in Los Angeles. the offials told Spielberg to stop everything and produce a movie whose subject matter involved meteors and/or commets. Deep Impact was in the can.