Asteroid Threat LIVE Webcast: Watch House of Rep. Committee Discuss How To Deal With Asteroid Threat

By Philip Ross on March 19, 2013 10:25 AM EDT

In light of two recent events -- the explosion of a 50 feet-diameter meteor over Russia in February and a close flyby of an asteroid 150 feet in diameter on the same day -- the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee will hear testimony today on the threat asteroids pose to Earth.

The hearing is titled "Threats from Space: A Review of U.S. Government Efforts to Track and Mitigate Asteroids and Meteors, Part 1," and will cover questions like, Do we have the tools and technology necessary to detect and track Near Earth Objects? How do we track these objects? What mitigation capabilities do we have if we determine there is a threat to Earth? These questions are outlined in the hearing's charter.

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The committee, chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, will hear testimony from The Honorable John P. Holdren, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy; Gen. William L. Shelton, commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command; and The Honorable Charles F. Bolden, Jr., administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Watch the LIVE webcast here.

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