Dan Durda Talks About Asteroid Deflection

Dan Durda
What would happen if astronomers found a large asteroid on a collision course with Earth? In the December 2010 issue of S&T, planetary scientist Dan Durda of the Southwest Research Institute describes a number of methods that could be used to avert disaster. In a follow-up to Dan’s article, S&T editor in chief Robert Naeye interviewed Dan about how concerned we should be about the impact threat, what kind of work is being done by scientists and engineers, what are some of the major international issues, and how far along we are in sending humans to a near-Earth asteroid.

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