With science today largely funded by government, you knew it wouldn‘t be long before the recent asteroid encounter in Chelyabinsk, Russia would lead to well-meaning, but mostly hysterical cries that we MUST DO SOMETHING about it; “something” that costs a lot of money; “something” that involves thick scientific studies; and- the best part- “something” that promises no results for the fifty-to-a-hundred thousand years of program costs, run by the central and federal government of the US-of-A.
If we don’t do “something,” NOW they’ll say, we’ll risk plague, locusts, drought and the usual assortment of frogs lets loose by the Apocalyptos- both professional and amateur.
Crowds will soon gather at the foot of one monument or another in DC, and Bill Nye, the Science Guy, would lead a rally of chanting, jazz-handed protestors, all equipped with pocket protectors and short pants bought mostly by mom or grandma.
So if we want to spare ourselves THAT eventuality, we must do ”something” now.
Well, that “something” can take a lot of forms, but Peter Garretson a strategist at with the United States Air Force says gravely in The Space Review that: “IT’S TIME FOR A REAL POLICY ON ASTEROIDS.”
To think that all this time we’ve been putting up with a phony, make-do policy on asteroids. Who do we think we are? A bunch of dinosaurs?