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Asteroid impacts and modern civilization: Can we prevent a catastrophe?

Harris, A. W. and Boslough, M. and Chapman, C. R. and Drube, Line and Michel, P. and Harris, A. W. (2015) Asteroid impacts and modern civilization: Can we prevent a catastrophe? In: Asteroids IV University of Arizona Press. pp. 835-854. doi: 10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816532131-ch042. ISBN 978-0-8165-3213-1.

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We are now approaching the level of technical expertise necessary to deflect a near-Earth asteroid (NEA) capable of destroying a large urban area, if not a small country. The current level of activity in the field, including search programs, physical characterization, and international initiatives to assess mitigation strategies, is unprecedented. However, we have only just started to explore the relevant properties of the small end of the NEA population (diameter < 300 m), of which the next major impactor is most likely to be a member. The Chelyabinsk event has reminded us that objects as small as 20 m, about which we know very little, impact frequently and are a serious threat to life and property. Political awareness and international response efforts are still at a very primitive stage. For a global guarantee of protection, advances in scientific and technical competence must be matched by improvements in international coordination, and preparedness at the political level.

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Document Type:Contribution to a Collection
Title:Asteroid impacts and modern civilization: Can we prevent a catastrophe?
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Boslough, M.Sandia National Loboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Chapman, C. R.Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO 80302, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Drube, LineUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-2486-8894UNSPECIFIED
Michel, P.Observatoire de de la Côte d'Azur, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Harris, A. W.MoreData! Inc., La Canada, CA 91011, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Asteroids IV
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 835-854
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Michel, PObservatoire de la Cote d'Azur, FranceUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
DeMeo, F. E.Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Bottke, W. F.South West Research Institute, Boulder, CO 80302, USAUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:University of Arizona Press
Keywords:Asteroids, impact hazard, space missions, Chelyabinsk
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Space Exploration
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Exploration of the Solar System
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Leitungsbereich PF
Deposited By: Harris, Prof. Alan
Deposited On:30 Nov 2015 10:05
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:57

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