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  1. NASA Audit Concludes They’re Not Prepared to Protect Us From Asteroids or Even Detect Them

    How long does it take to assemble a ragtag team of retired astronauts, anyway?

    You know what we haven't done in a while? Found an asteroid that's about to fly uncomfortably close to Earth. And that's not necessarily a good thing. Just because we don't see them doesn't mean they're not out there, as a few close passes showed earlier this year, and a government audit has concluded that NASA's program to detect asteroids and protect the world from devastation is way behind schedule.

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  2. NASA Teamed With Kerbal Space Program for Playable Asteroid Redirect Mission

    Let's give the Moon a moon!

    NASA has a plan to redirect an asteroid and park it in lunar orbit. They want to give the Moon a moon! It sounds a little far-fetched, but we're completely on board, and so are the folks at Kerbal Space Program. They've teamed up with NASA to add the mission to the game, and you can play it right now.

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  3. Check Out NASA’s SXSW Booth and Learn About Tiny Asteroid-Hunting Satellites

    It's probably our favorite SXSW booth because space.

    There's a lot going on at SXSW including this booth by NASA to let tradeshow attendees know that space is still out there. We took a quick look at the booth and learned about how NASA is planning on protecting us all from asteroids.

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  4. NASA Wants YOU to Help Detect Asteroids, and They’re Willing to Pay

    Do the Math. Save the world.

    Grab your no. 2 pencils and Texas Instruments! NASA announced today that they will be awarding $35,000 in prizes between now and August to civilians who develop asteroid-detecting algorithms. NASA, I'm flattered that you would ask, but honestly I'd prefer if you had this whole "preventing planetary extinction" thing down already.

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  5. NASA Announced Asteroid Will Fly by Earth Closer Than the Moon Today [Live Stream Updated]

    Quick, everyone grab some animal crackers, your Armaggedon roleplay is now justified.

    While you were peacefully sleeping last night, NASA announced that they had detected a 100 foot-wide asteroid that will fly closer to Earth than the Moon today around 1 pm PST and 4 pm EST. NASA predicts that the asteroid will pass us without event, but just in case they're wrong, you might want to knock out that bucket list in the next 5 hours.

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  6. Guys, We Lost an Asteroid the Size of Three Football Fields. Feeling Super Secure Right Now

    They're calling it Moby Dick now. I'm hoping they just don't know how that book ends.

    Don't worry, you're not going to get hit by asteroid 2000 EM26. Still, it's a little unsettling that it was supposed to fly by last night, and no one has any idea where it is. The universe is a big place, and it's more likely to be found farther away from us than closer, but it's a little disconcerting that we were so wrong about its trajectory.

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  7. We’re 10x More Likely to Get Hit By Meteors Than Previously Thought (And Also One’s Heading for Us Right Now)

    Hooray!

    Okay everybody, don't freak out or anything, but there's a "potentially hazardous" asteroid that's coming kiiiiiinda close to the Earth. Oh, and also? Scientists now think we're about ten times more likely to get hit by foreign space objects than we originally thought. But hey, at least you have the weekend to finish House of Cards, right?

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  8. It’s the Return of the Geekosystem Podcast! Here’s Episode 4 “Reboot”

    We're back, and we'll be posting every week even if it's just Glen talking to himself in the booth.

    The Geekosystem Podcast is back! There's a bit of a change in the lineup, but join Senior Editor Glen Tickle as he's joined again by Associate Editor Victoria McNally and brand new Associate Editor Dan Van Winkle to discuss asteroids, Editors' Picks, and a heated discussion about the reboot of Reboot.

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  9. Decomissioned NASA Craft Brought Back For One Last Job: Like Taken But With Asteroids

    You know, if WISE were our father and asteroids wanted to sell us as sex slaves.

    NASA spacecraft Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has in the past discovered and characterized thousands of asteroids before being put in "hibernation," which is a fairly terrifying euphemism. But next month it's coming back for one last mission: identifying potentially dangerous asteroids, that will then be... "relocated."

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  10. Our Friend Bill Nye Explores Whether the Human Race Can Stop an Asteroid [Video]

    Because let's face it, "AsapSCIENCE" isn't as easy to chant as "Bill! Bill! Bill!"

    Potential asteroid collisions have been big in the news lately, and as a nation we're are more afraid of them than we've ever been -- possibly because in the past we used to be afraid of things like polio and getting murdered by bandits. Is stopping an asteroid even possible? AsapSCIENCE requested the help of our friend Bill Nye, whom you might remember from being the Science Guy, to explain things to us.

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