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Waiting at a news conference -- NASA today about it and spacecraft called an asteroid spotter.
Set to give us a better look at what's in space around us and that matters because well.
Recently planet earth had a near miss from an asteroid.
Missed us by -- mere 8700 miles that may make you feel better however.
That is lower than our satellites in orbit that's New York to Bangkok by way of airplane.
-- this new high tech spacecraft be a line of defense against asteroids other space based killers let's ask me GO -- Physics professor -- Positive -- channel series scifi science based on his New York Times best seller physics of the impossible it where every week starting the first of December how you do it.
There again why this is the name of it wide field infrared survey explore the man I hope it's wise and -- what did it do.
Why this is the first systematic attempt by NASA to track these -- the -- -- -- -- -- it's an asteroid -- care.
Before we had as we had amateurs looking in the night sky.
And daytime they can't look for asteroids if it rains a thunderstorm.
All the telescopes have to be shut down.
This is -- operate -- four hours a day.
OK to me it looks like.
Tell me I'm appalled.
But it wasn't just can say about George Lucas in 1976 or what our hero is 77 February catching up to start a war is -- we'll take picture every eleven seconds.
And download this -- four times today to the planet earth.
In six months -- to get about one point five million pictures and listening since sending back is it a real time.
Not quite in real time that's that's one of the defects of the system.
This is the first step up for a okay baby step toward a systematic real time observation of the -- with a guy here on Friday we're talking about an asteroid that was a very large it was thirty feet across and then in March John -- a hundred feet across in the earth if that had hit it would abide by that New York's at all there's a good chance we would not be sitting here today talking about our two.
Can -- an asteroid two miles -- bigger.
I definitely don't feel better every two miles is a pretty good -- That's in the main asteroid belt they say that if an object could be contracted in the zero the united they can get it -- -- -- like 500 feet.
But remember something as big as a hundred feet could literally wipe out the entire New York metropolitan area so this is the first baby step.
We need to have real time observations.
We need to have objects but a hundred feet track.
Buying by radar and by infrared and other means the truth is -- I'm glad that's designed a seductive willow was and other radar literally until about three years ago 2006 mr.
I think it.
We did -- show -- everything that's out there now.
The truth is though you can see an asteroid.
-- on whether -- advance before it comes our way.
-- other words there should be at some point no excuse for us missing one of these it's not like you're gonna get hit the middle of the night we see it miles away.
That's right I'm just couldn't do this at second 20/20 nine there will be an -- that you can see with the naked and that will skim right beneath our satellites that's the up office asteroid is -- fight to the Rose Bowl.
If you would -- hit into the -- -- good metropolitan division -- simple and it will -- -- little -- and they get a high end with binoculars holy -- OK so evidently met this universe okay figure out what the asteroids are doing maybe sometime ago with the space -- is doing.
What do we do about it we deflected -- we senator different orbit.
That's tough because right now we are gonna be phasing out the space shuttle next year we'll -- have to ask the Russians for permission to go -- into lot of space for five years.
We have no way of shooting down -- united space the space shuttle can't even reach deep space to intercept such an asteroid.
However I think we should take guy in an initial steps to begin thinking seriously about how we -- either push and -- out of the way.
Or if necessary blow it up and when you come up with that idea that you're going to be a very rich man.
If because there's a lot of hard -- guys not just the -- issue this is a planetary issue.
-- ultimately affect each and every one of us okay noon eastern time.
That's the press conference we're gonna see a roll -- that you get to that takes me each Leo great to see you December 1 big series good luck with right.
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