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NASA's hunt for dangerous asteroids falls short, report shows

Sep 16, 2014    

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - NASA won't meet a congressionally ordered goal to find 90 percent of nearby and potentially dangerous asteroids larger than 460 feet (140 meters) in diameter, the agencys Inspector General said on Monday.The shortfall comes despite a 10-fold increase in NASAs annual budget over the past five years from $4 million in 2009 to $40 million in 2014 - to track and assess potentially dangerous asteroids and comets. So-called Near-Earth Objects, or NEOs, fly within about 28 million miles (45 million km) of Earth.The agencys efforts are poorly coordinated, ill-managed a...

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