Posted on Tuesday, 26 October, 2010 | 14 comments| News tip by: Science Geek
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NASA will play a leading role in Earth's response to possible asteroid threats.
Details of NASA role in dealing with an asteroid threat were sent in letters from director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren to the Congressional committee leaders this month.
"NASA will be mandated to notify other organizations, including the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), if a dangerous asteroid is found, and to drive research and development on the capability needed to deflect the rock."