Tripped across this today. It is mesmerizing and really scary when you think that the earth is coasting around the sun in a sea of asteroids… the jaw dropping parts start in the late 90's when we automated the process of tracking and logging asteroids.
Asteroid Discovery from 1980 – 2010
I really am amazed that the earth does not get hit more often, and incredibly amazed that we actually send astronauts into the asteroid storm. Do you think that this makes it more plausible for a "civilization ending event" via asteroid / meteor strike of the earth?
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