Watch for the Rocks!
November 26, 2012
I want to see people follow robots to the Moon and Mars and just about anywhere else we can think of to find something wonderful. But we need to concentrate on the Rocks! Send more probes to asteroids, find out what they're made of, how they are structured, how to destroy them. We worry about attention to space exploration waning. Try threatening a society with a killer astroid. Try sending biological and mechanical heroes to stop it. That would certainly kill any apathy people have toward space. If we learn to visit asteroids now, WHEN that killer one comes, we'll be better prepared to fight it off. We won't stay alive long to study anything if we don't.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.