Report warns of NEO impact threat


  • Randy Showstack


Stating that potential Near Earth Object (NEOs) impacts to the Earth “represent a significant risk to human and other forms of life,” a new study prepared for the United Kingdom's Ministry of Science urges national and international steps to improve knowledge about these objects and the confirmation of potential hazards, and to consider issues such as disaster management, mitigation including possible deflection of objects, and outreach to the general public.

“Means now exist to mitigate the consequences of such impacts to the human species,“ notes the September 18 report of the Task Force on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects.