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The Asteroid Threat: Defending Our Planet from Deadly Near-Earth Objects

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Presents a realistic, workable plan for defusing a potentially lethal threat from a rogue asteroid or comet.


The explosion of a large meteor over Chelyabinsk, Siberia, in February 2013 is just the latest reminder that planet Earth is vulnerable to damaging and potentially catastrophic collisions with space debris of various kinds. In this informative and forward-looking boo
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Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Prometheus Books
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David Czuba
Jun 11, 2016 David Czuba rated it it was ok
Shelves: science, space
Science writing of any kind tends to get, let's say, a chilly reception by the general public, and so, science writers often must hype up their telling to give the reading audience a compelling reason to go on. Few subjects are as open to hyperbole as the asteroid threat, and a writer can make as grandiose statements as he or she likes about the end of the world. Yet, Burrows narrowly misses (or is it, as George Carlin would say, a near hit?). No one argues that humans are fascinated by ...more
Don Mclean
Feb 21, 2015 Don Mclean rated it did not like it
It's hard for me to believe that this was written by the author of Deep Black and This New Ocean. Unnecessary repeats are rife (the NEAR mission, establishment of Spaceguard, the views on the 2002 event) almost as if the author had forgotten he'd already covered it. The style is too dumbed down for me and gives me the feeling this was just thrown together with minimal review. I wanted to like this book as I had a high regard for Bill Burrows' writing. Not anymore.
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