Future, Science, Space, Technology

1998 QE2


On Friday at 4:59 p.m. EDT, the 1.7-mile-wide space rock 1998 QE2 will harmlessly fly by Earth at a distance of 3.6 million miles. This is a reminder that we live in shooting gallery with a constant threat. Unlike the dinosaurs who did not have a space program (unless we talk about the Voth from Star Trek Voyager) we can watch the skies and have a chance to prevent our own destruction. We are at the point where technology can help us prevent a disaster with such companies as Planetary Resource that are privatizing space travel and even mining of asteroids.

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