Korado Korlevic: NEO
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Artistic images of  hypothetic impacts on the Earth.

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Summary: The Solar system isnít made just from the Sun, the planets and the well known asteroid belt and comets, but it also contains numerous NEOs (Near Earth Objects). From time to time, they hit the bigger bodies of  the Solar system (remember the surfaces of  the Mercury and the Moon). Today we see the results of  big impacts on the Earth in mines and interesting landscapes (like the meteor lake in Canada). But, the influences were bigger in the time of the impacts which were a catastrophy for living beings (Tunguska explosion in 1908, the extinction of  dinasours 65 million years ago). Every day one  NEO of 10 meters in diameter passes within the orbit of the Moon. The possibility of  a big impact is 1:2000 in a lifetime. After the Shoemaker-Levy comet, people have become aware of the danger. The Spaceguard Foundation received financial support, but itís still having big problems in its initial work and mission.The USAF Clementine mission failed to observe asteroid, is it now time for the new Clementine? What are the probabilities, our chances to survive, if some big NEO is discovered on the way to hit the Earth? Questions, questions ... seaking the answers ...    

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Links.                                                                                                                           http://ccf.arc.nasa.gov/sst/main.html                                                                           http://mi.astro.it/SGF                                                                                                                   http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/terrace/fr77/

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