Rush Holt: Asteroids & meteors & NASA funding

russia2_384621cMeteor 50 feet wide and 10,000 tons streaks into Russia’s atmosphere and slammed into Earth. Same day, an asteroid passes closer to Earth than some satellites we sent up there. So, do you know how many pieces of debris the size of a softball (or larger) currently orbiting Earth? More importantly, what the hell’s an NEO and do we have anybody looking up to spot them before they turn us into a bad sci-fi movie?

This stuff is both cool and terrifying. Mostly cool. Congress’ only physicist congressman discusses the underfunded NASA program that’s supposed to be finding these hurtling bits of space crap. Rush Holt on The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd:

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