Dr. Simpson talks about Meteor!

Dr. Caroline Simpson is interviewed by the FIU news crew about the explosion of the meteor over Russia. This is on the heels of the close-approach of the asteroid 2012 DA14 which passed between the satellite belt and the Earth. These events, although unrelated, demonstrate what is out there, what can happen, and what will happen if we do not take the threat seriously. In a climate where astronomical research is underfunded, national observatories are closing down, and the space program is lying in waste from budget cuts, perhaps someone will take a cue from the recent events. Extincting impacts have occurred on the Earth many times in the past, and they could happen again. We are currently defenseless just because we do not invest in protecting ourselves. The link is: Dr. Simpson interview