Adventures of an asteroid hunter
TED Fellow Carrie Nugent is an asteroid hunter -- part of a group of scientists working to discover and catalog our oldest and most numerous cosmic neighbors. Why keep an eye out for asteroids? In this short, fact-filled talk, Nugent explains how their awesome impacts have shaped our planet, and how finding them at the right time could mean nothing less than saving life on Earth.
Petition your congressional representatives to support NASA. More than 95 percent of near-Earth asteroids have been discovered by NASA-funded surveys. If you feel strongly about this and are a US citizen, you can reach out to your representatives and express your support for NASA to continue the search.