Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rock Watch

NASA is supposed to be keeping a lookout on the deadly asteroids hurtling toward Earth and threatening to destroy us all. And with both Morgan Freeman and Bruce Willis aging by the day, we'll soon be left totally defenseless. But even though the government has tasked NASA with the job, they may not have been receiving the kinds of resources they need to get it done. According to a new National Academy of Sciences report, NASA is supposed to identify 90% of all the potentially catastrophic asteroids headed our way by 2020, but they haven't been given enough money to built the necessary telescopes for rock spotting. NASA estimates they need $800 million to accomplish the 90% goal, and it's not looking likely they'll get that kind of cash. After all, we've got some clunkers to buy. More details here.