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House committee to hold hearing on asteroid threat
The Hill ^ | February 15, 2013 | Jonathan Easley

Posted on 02/16/2013 1:39:21 PM PST by JerseyanExile

The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing on how to “better identify and address asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth,” Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said in a statement on Friday.

The announcement comes after a meteorite exploded in a massive blast above Siberia that damaged buildings, houses and cars and injured about 1,000 people on Friday.

"The light was so intense that it completely illuminated the courtyard of our apartment block," said Sergei Zakharov, head of the Russian Geographical Society in Chelyabinsk, according to The Wall Street Journal. "The sound, the shock wave came around six minutes later. No one could understand what had happened. I'd compare it to the explosion of a large flare bomb."

The blast was unrelated to another rare meteorological event on Friday — a 150-foot-long asteroid passed within 17,000 miles of Earth. It’s the closest encounter of its kind on record, passing within the orbit of many man-made satellites.

“Today’s events are a stark reminder of the need to invest in space science,” Smith said. “Asteroid 2012 DA14 passed just 17,000 miles from Earth, less than the distance of a round trip from New York to Sydney. And this morning, a much smaller meteorite hit near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, damaging buildings and injuring hundreds."

"Developing technology and research that enable us to track objects like Asteroid 2012 DA14 is critical to our future," Smith said. "We should continue to invest in systems that identify threatening asteroids and develop contingencies, if needed, to change the course of an asteroid headed toward Earth.”


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 113th; assaultasteroids; assaultmeteors; asteroid; asteroidcontrol; asteroids; asteroidviolence; hearings; meteorcontrol; meteors; meteorviolence; space

1 posted on 02/16/2013 1:39:29 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Anybody smell a new tax coming?


2 posted on 02/16/2013 1:44:20 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: JerseyanExile
The blast was unrelated to another rare meteorological event on Friday — a 150-foot-long asteroid passed within 17,000 miles of Earth.

And presumably unrelated to the SF bay area bolide last night at 7:45, and no relation whatsoever to the one that damaged houses in central Cuba last night either...

3 posted on 02/16/2013 1:45:05 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Put NASA back on their original path of exploration, pathfinding, and prospecting. Get them off the earth sciences crap and the folks looking toward asteroid mining will very likely get on board for the sake of their own future.

The asteroid miners will probably end up winning the contracts to eliminate the threats anyway.


4 posted on 02/16/2013 1:45:25 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JerseyanExile

Hey Lamar,

Why don’t you and all the rest of the A-holes in Washington work on a budget and spending reductions.

God will take care of the universe!


5 posted on 02/16/2013 1:45:36 PM PST by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: JerseyanExile
Obama has been busy defunding NASA and the Air Force missile programs ~ presumably for the purpose of cutting America down to the size of a third world nation.

It's one of those pride things.

At the same time this short-sighted idiot and his doper buddies are eliminating whatever protecting this world can come up with to protect against the very real threat of getting hit with far larger asteroids and even comets.

6 posted on 02/16/2013 1:46:23 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: JerseyanExile

Step 1) Identify this as an area of great national importance
Step 2) Cut the budget for any new acquisition programs in this area.
Step 3) Blame the Republicans


7 posted on 02/16/2013 1:46:52 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: cripplecreek

NASA picked up an existing earth science program ~ Coast and Geodetic Survey, and the Weather Service WAY BACK WHEN.


8 posted on 02/16/2013 1:49:03 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: JerseyanExile

End global warming, LaMar. That’s what causes asteroids, or haven’t you heard.


9 posted on 02/16/2013 1:49:05 PM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: JerseyanExile

I think it would be better to hold hearings on something they can do something about. How about committee hearings on the Obama threat.


10 posted on 02/16/2013 1:50:49 PM PST by lardog ( Obama should be locked up.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Spend a little more time on that A$$teroid threat called Obama!


11 posted on 02/16/2013 1:51:42 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: cripplecreek
$11,264,000 = the value of just the gold in that 11 ton bolide that 'sploded over Russia yesterday!!!!

That's why nickel/iron meteors sitting around museums are targeted by thieves these days.

12 posted on 02/16/2013 1:54:48 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: JerseyanExile

Asteroid, Schmasteroid.

When are they going to hold hearings on the Hemorrhoid in the White House?


13 posted on 02/16/2013 2:05:03 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: JerseyanExile
House Committee to hold hearing on asteroid threat......WOW! kiddos that sure beats really working!
Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay
My, oh my what a way to earn your pay!

14 posted on 02/16/2013 2:07:33 PM PST by yoe
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To: JerseyanExile

Hopefully someone will tell them that these little pebbles we were dealing with last week are NOTHING LIKE what a REAL asteroid or comet can do.

...but don’t expect much to come of it. Maybe China will take the lead instead.


15 posted on 02/16/2013 2:07:44 PM PST by BobL
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To: JerseyanExile

I feel safer now.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 2:08:51 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: JerseyanExile
Sequestraton Puts 2.14 Million Jobs At Risk

Good thing they are devoting their time to something useful.

17 posted on 02/16/2013 2:12:26 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: JerseyanExile

about damned time...

Now they should fund it with the money they were going to send to countries that hate us....

Of course they WON’T and will instead create new agencies and government offices etc... that will do nothing but find ways to hurt producers...


18 posted on 02/16/2013 2:13:53 PM PST by GraceG
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To: SkyPilot

Sequestration can’t end human civilization.


19 posted on 02/16/2013 2:19:31 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: JerseyanExile

Jeeze I hate to see this coming from a Texas Republican. We already have an astronomy expert congresswoman from Texas, Sheila Jackson Lee, I would rather see someone like her worrying about this than Republican Lamar Smith (R-Texas)


20 posted on 02/16/2013 2:20:05 PM PST by Reddon
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To: Reddon

What’s wrong with worrying about it?


21 posted on 02/16/2013 2:28:27 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: JerseyanExile
We need some kind of space agency. We could call it something like “National Aeronautics and Space Administration” oh, wait, nevermind, we already have an agency with that name. Seems like a funny name for a muslim outreach and global warming agency.
22 posted on 02/16/2013 2:28:36 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Now I know how the Indians felt to be sold out for a few beads and trinkets)
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To: Pride in the USA; Stillwaters
Good grief.

Not that our elected representatives care, but most Americans would prefer that they spend their tenure attending to that which IS the legitimate business of Congress!

Did our Congress become experts in "identifying and addressing asteroids that pose a potential threat to Earth" before or after they became experts on athletes using performance enhancing drugs?

They would rather do anything than work on the fact that we are broke and on our way to becoming Greece.

23 posted on 02/16/2013 2:30:02 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: lonevoice

Is keeping some outside agency from killing you a legitimate business of Congress?


24 posted on 02/16/2013 2:32:05 PM PST by Strategerist
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To: JerseyanExile

Another scam! I wish that meteor had hit the right place


25 posted on 02/16/2013 2:35:44 PM PST by ronnie raygun (Lexington and Concord Americans experience thier first gun grab attempt)
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To: cripplecreek
Get NASA off this stupid mission of proving man-made global warming while reaching out to Muslims, and toward seeking and discover missions, and I'll be happy.
26 posted on 02/16/2013 2:51:33 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: muawiyah

I think things are going to be different in the future. We’ve never seen so much interest from private industry and if NASA brings the private sector in for a serious look at this it will spur greater private investment.

While I’m glad to see the private sector contracting with government for transportation, private industry in space will be the next big leap.


27 posted on 02/16/2013 2:57:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JerseyanExile

The liberal threat to this country is far more dangerous than some stupid asteroid.


28 posted on 02/16/2013 2:58:28 PM PST by dowcaet
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To: Strategerist

Nothing at all wrong with worrying about it, I worry about it all the time. I also worry about dying of cancer, but I would resent it if incompetent, unqualified people forced me against my will to pay them to protect me from getting cancer. Especially when they have proven time and time again they are totally incapable of solving lesser problems.


29 posted on 02/16/2013 3:09:51 PM PST by Reddon
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30 posted on 02/16/2013 3:11:33 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: JerseyanExile
Great.

Now these massive egotists are going to tax us in order to subvert the laws of physics and defend us against what what has been going on in the universe since the dawn of time.

31 posted on 02/16/2013 3:15:15 PM PST by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Cyber Liberty

Its as if Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to find the passage west and they got as far as the Mississippi and decided to go back and explore Kentucky.


32 posted on 02/16/2013 3:16:05 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: JerseyanExile

I thought CNN said it was a global warming thingy. To late now.


33 posted on 02/16/2013 3:19:01 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?)
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To: JerseyanExile

Maybe I’m wrong but I don’t picture any of these congresscritters being tasked with bringing the potato salad to the annual Mensa picnic.


34 posted on 02/16/2013 3:32:47 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: beethovenfan

They’ll call it “the ass tax” everyone who has one will be taxed.


35 posted on 02/16/2013 3:39:21 PM PST by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Strategerist
Sequestration can’t end human civilization.

The House can do something about Sequestration.

They have not power to end, or prevent the end, of human civilization.

That power belongs to God.

Holding "committees" about the "asteroid threat" is sheer lunacy and folly.

And asteroids are coming to humanity (among a whole host of other horrific things), because of our sin and the judgment of God.

See Revelation Chapter 8.

36 posted on 02/16/2013 3:42:03 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: JerseyanExile

A bunch of astronomers worldwide should ban together and release a report that the next bolide to hit earth will be upon Mecca, watch then the firestorm of projects to stop any new meteorites!


37 posted on 02/16/2013 3:52:40 PM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: JerseyanExile
Oh, Congress is going to get right to work on protecting us from asteroids, I feel so much better. I can finally sleep again.
38 posted on 02/16/2013 4:07:17 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: pepperdog

What a joke.

Will there be a Congressional hearing on sunrise?


39 posted on 02/16/2013 4:12:15 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: JerseyanExile

I guess another of those ‘you don’t professionalize until you Federalize’ moments

HOW many amateur astronomers are there across the globe? In its current state, I wouldn’t trust NASA to put a high altitude balloon up without issue(s).


40 posted on 02/16/2013 4:37:17 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: JerseyanExile

I hope they leave their propeller caps at the door.


41 posted on 02/16/2013 6:33:46 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: beethovenfan

An on air ‘talent’ at CNN though the asteroid might have been influenced by global warming...


42 posted on 02/16/2013 8:24:30 PM PST by GOPJ (To be free is to own one’s risk - Jonathan Levy)
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