BOULDER, Colo. a defensive Earth from frightening space rocks that could collision our planet should be selected a top stage NASA planned goal, according to an organization mission force. To realize that objective, NASA should institute a Planetary Defense Coordination Office to manage the endeavor, the mission power said.
The seven-person NASA Advisory Council's Ad-Hoc Task Force on Planetary Defense called for the original asteroid watching bureau after reviewing ideas for detecting, characterizing and deflecting threatening near-Earth objects , as well as discussing international harmonization to deal with the concern.
The task force, which met here July 8-9, is reviewing its support of launching an infrared detector spacecraft positioned into a Venus-like orbit to supply a long-distance lookout for NEOs, which could speed up scrutiny duties by decades compared to relying solely on ground-based clarification.
Previous astronauts Russell Schweickart and Tom Jones are co-chairs of the Ad-Hoc Task Force, which is made up of members from academia and scientific institutions counting NASA.