May 23rd, 2013
11:31 AM ET

Asteroid Hunter seeks out asteroids hurtling towards Earth

By Ed Lu, Special to CNN

Editor’s note: Ed Lu is a former NASA astronaut and current founder and CEO of the B612 Foundation. His mission is to build the world’s most powerful asteroid tracking system to find asteroids on a collision course with earth. Watch his full story this Saturday at 2:30p ET on CNN’s “The Next List.”

Next week on May 31, 2013, a 1.7 mile wide asteroid, 1998 QE2, will fly past the Earth at a distance of 3.6 million miles.

If this asteroid were to hit the Earth (don't worry, it won't this time), it would be the end of human civilization.  Think about that.  Not only would it kill billions of people, but it would take with it our very history. Gone would be our cities, our culture, our languages, our art, our music, our scientific knowledge - everything that we as a species have built up during the past 10,000 years. Gone in an instant.

Asteroid impacts are the only global scale natural disaster we know how to prevent. We have the technology to deflect asteroids, but we cannot deflect an asteroid that we haven't found yet. This is why the B612 Foundation is building the Sentinel Space Telescope, the world's most powerful asteroid detection and tracking system, to see the millions of asteroids we can't see today and could pose threats to our planet.  The B612 Foundation is a nonprofit organization, dependent on private donations for our mission. We welcome you to join our efforts at the B612 Foundation and help protect not only our planet, but our future.

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  1. L P. Macklyne


    Why do we shows surprise when another
    LARGE ASTEROID puts in an appearance,
    without wreaking HAVOK, this time round.

    The Solar System has been around a long time and Earth will
    have completed a Vast Number of basic yearly cycles which will include all the variations that result from the basic cycle times of all the other bodies involved, which will be everything in the universe (and more ?) , STROBING each other in space.

    If you consider The Earth to be functioning as a BROOM,
    Sweeping up ALL the Debris that gets in it's way. After A HIT.

    The next time around it's orbital path will be basically empty with the stuff that was missed on the last orbit still sitting
    on the fringes Waiting to become a NEAR MISS.

    Laurence P. Macklyne.

    June 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply

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