Vermin in the Sky

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend discusses asteroids and the United States’ planetary defense strategy. The Obama Administation proposed increasing NASA's budget for planetary defense to $20.3 million. Tad Friend's article "Vermin in the Sky" is in the February 28th issue of The New Yorker.


Tad Friend

Comments [4]

global warming is not going to destroy the planet or even wipe out humans. Millions (maybe billions) might die but humans will adjust. Stick to the facts otherwise the crazies on the right will twist your words to "prove" that oil is only a blessing.

Feb. 24 2011 01:43 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Nah, we couldn't get the funding to destroy an asteroid headed for us in today's political climate:,19025/

Feb. 24 2011 01:38 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I've wondered if the earlier mass extinctions might've set the stage for the evolution of large mammals--including humans! Does that mean the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere is lower, if its development depends on such rare events & specific timing?

Feb. 24 2011 01:35 PM
kdan from NYC

If a large object landed in the ocean, would it cause a tsunami?

Feb. 24 2011 01:35 PM

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