Funding Cuts for Near Earth Asteroid Rader

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Funding Cuts for Near Earth Asteroid Rader

Postby clipperride » Fri Mar 26, 2010 2:56 pm

There are fears that the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will not be able to continue its program of refining the orbit of near Earth objects. The observatory had planned to refine the orbit of the asteroid Apophis, which will pass the Earth at a distance of around ~18,300 miles on 13th April 2029. It seems that there is a small chance that this close pass will alter the asteroids orbit making it possible that it could strike the Earth in 2036. Arecibo Observatory only needs an extra $2 - $3 million dollars a year to continue, which seems a small amount to pay for the information it can provide!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8579319.stm

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Mark B.
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