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Space agencies gearing up against future asteroid strikes

Last Updated: Saturday, February 01, 2014, 15:27

With a mandate from the UN, space agencies from all over the world are about to establish a high-level group to help coordinate global response should a threatening asteroid ever be found heading towards Earth.

U.N. approves network to monitor near-Earth objects

Last Updated: Monday, November 04, 2013, 16:21

The U.N. General Assembly has reportedly set up an international network to monitor near-Earth objects and alter their trajectories to prevent impact.

Radar images of Near-Earth Asteroid 2005 WK4 captured by NASA

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 19:20

The images of the asteroid were taken on August 8th, 2013 using 230-foot (70-meter) Deep Space Network antenna at Goldstone, CA.

12 easily retrievable asteroids identified

Last Updated: Sunday, August 18, 2013, 16:00

Scientists have identified 12 easily retrievable asteroids among the population of near earth objects (NEOs) that can be mined for valuable resources using existing spacecraft technology.

NASA calls on amateur astronomers to locate smaller asteroids

Last Updated: Monday, June 24, 2013, 15:17

NASA has asked amateur astronomers to help them identify the smaller asteroids that are capable of wiping out a city or worse when they impact with Earth.

NASA unable to monitor hazardous asteroids

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 20:08

A program set up by NASA to monitor "near-Earth objects" (NEO) a decade and a half ago has so far been able to track less than 10,000, which means that the vast majority of the asteroids are still hidden.

How NASA can detect near-Earth objects that pose hazard

Last Updated: Saturday, January 23, 2010, 12:42

A new report from the National Research Council in the US has laid out options NASA could follow to detect more near-Earth objects.