Old and new ideas visited for comet and asteroid hazard mitigation strategies


  • J. Wakefield


Early findings from the observations of Comet Shoemaker-Levy's collision with Jupiter may mean scientists will need to rethink leading comet and asteroid hazard mitigation strategies. And it looks like they will have the opportunity to do so now that Congress has directed NASA, with the help of the Defense Department, to reinitiate work in this area.

Although Congress had commissioned other studies before Shoemaker-Levy was even discovered, such as the 1992 Spaceguard Survey, mitigation strategies never made it through the funding process.