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How to watch the asteroid Apophis as it makes its not-so-close approach to Earth today.

How to watch the asteroid Apophis as it makes its not-so-close approach to Earth today. More here.

Closest approach, about 9 million miles, will take place around 5 pm (Eastern).

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • 9 million miles is about 36 times the distance of the Moon. Not close indeed. This illustrates the point that, if we were ever to discover a large asteroid with Earth’s name written on it, more likely than not, it would make a number of passes through our orbit before actually hitting the Earth. This would likely give us many years to give our high degree of motivation to find a solution to diverting it slightly. My point – the risk to humanity from an asteroid is frequently over hyped.

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