But to me, meteor impacts today are nature’s way of asking “Have you thought about donating to the B612 Foundation’s Sentinel Mission lately?” Most serious students of NEOs have suggested that a space-based IR telescope like Sentinel is the key to really understanding what’s out there in our planetary backyard, which is the first real step towards actually being able to predict and potentially do something about asteroids like the one that hit Russia yesterday.
And unlike signing a petition on WhiteHouse.gov asking for the government to raise everyone’s taxes (or run up the credit card) to give NASA a bigger budget, or making clever tweets on the internet, donating to the B612 Foundation actually has some probability of making a difference as far as planetary protection goes. Sure it will actually cost you more than a few seconds of your time, but it would definitely be a good way to put a little money where your mouth is if you really care about planetary protection.
I don’t have a lot of cash, but I think I’m going to skip lunches next week so I can at least chip in the minimum donation.
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