Carrie Nugent:
Adventures of an asteroid hunter

TED2016 · 6:06 · Filmed Feb 2016
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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.

Asteroid hunter
Carrie Nugent is part of a team that uses NASA's NEOWISE telescope to search the skies for and catalog asteroids. Full bio
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Carrie Nugent is obsessed with hunting the asteroids in our cosmic neighborhood. Why? For the first time, we could have the knowledge to prevent a natural disaster epic in scale: an asteroid hitting the Earth.

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