NASA Investing in Early Detection of Asteroids
The agency is reported to be investing $5 million in a project.
A Hawaii news outlet reports NASA has invested in a project that would provide early detection of asteroids and meteors entering Earth's atmosphere.
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ATLAS — or Asteroid Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System — recently received $5 million in funding from the agency, Khon 2 reports. The system will be able to detect when and where a space rock will hit.
News of the project comes after a meteor disintegrated Feb. 15 over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring more than 980 people. The meteor had no connection, NASA said, to an asteroid that camee within 17,200 miles of Earth the same day.
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