What do those comets and asteroids that come so close to Earth come from? How do we find them? Can we protect our planet from them? Donald Yeomans, senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, is the manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office. Yeomans discusses how these objects are observed and well-known impacts on Earth, such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. He explains the possible ways we can protect ourselves (by deflection or blowing them up) or potentially use them for our own gain (perhaps as a stepping stone for travel to Mars).
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