Doomsday Asteroid: Can We Survive?

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Sixty-five million years ago, a gigantic asteroid collided with Earth. The resulting dust clouds and fire storm blotted out the sunlight, destroying much of the animal, plant, and fish life - most notably, the dinosaurs. What would happen if another giant asteroid found itself on a collision course with Earth?

This is the most comprehensive current book for general readers to address the threats and potential benefits of asteroids. Space experts Cox and Chestek explain the major...

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Overview

Sixty-five million years ago, a gigantic asteroid collided with Earth. The resulting dust clouds and fire storm blotted out the sunlight, destroying much of the animal, plant, and fish life - most notably, the dinosaurs. What would happen if another giant asteroid found itself on a collision course with Earth?

This is the most comprehensive current book for general readers to address the threats and potential benefits of asteroids. Space experts Cox and Chestek explain the major differences between comets and asteroids and describe what might happen should the Earth suffer a collision with either one of them, a distinct future possibility.

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"One of their more frightening conclusions is that the risk of death in the next 50 years from a collision with an asteroid is greater than that from an airline crash or any other type of natural catastrophe. This very readable book looks at not only the horrors involved in a collision, but at the great benefits we could accumulate from mining and capturing these celestial neighbors."
Rocky Mountain News

". . . informative, reasoned and interesting."
San Diego Union-Tribune

". . . a serious look at the possibilities of asteroid and comet impacts on Earth and what can be done to predict and prevent them. . . . a comprehensive look at the threats these objects are to the Earth. They also do a good job showing the limitless possibilities for developing these asteroids in space - a combination not usually found in other books."
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Rocky Mountain News
...worth a read...frightening...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573922715
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.35 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald W. Cox, ED.D., has authored ten books on space flight. He was NASA's first coast-to-coast lecturer and is a leading authority on space flight.

James H. Chestek, P.E., (1928-1997) retired from a thirty-five-year career as an aerospace engineer, where his work focused on a variety of space projects, from interplanetary probes to the Strategic Defense Initiative.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The New Frontier 11
Prologue: Spaceguard 17
Preface 19
1 The Cosmic Shooting Gallery 29
2 The Legacy of a Roman Goddess 42
3 The Explosion of New Discoveries 51
4 Cosmic Cousins 62
5 Did an Asteroid Kill the Dinosaurs? 76
6 Spaceguard Survey: Find the Celestial Objects Threatening Earth 95
7 Islands in the New Ocean 115
8 Island Hopping in the New Ocean 126
9 Goldmines in the Sky 138
10 How to Deflect an Asteroid 147
11 How to Deflect a Comet 158
12 The Road to Space Needs to Be Paved 169
13 The First Human Visit to the Asteroids 183
14 Onward to the Main Belt Asteroids 196
15 Why Colonize the Asteroids? 211
16 Inside-Out Worlds 217
17 The Legacy of Columbus: 500 Years Later 233
18 Capturing a Planetoid: Can It Be Done? 242
19 Stepping Stones to Mars and Beyond 256
20 Is Anyone Else Out There? 273
21 Binding the World Together 281
Epilogue 297
App. A. Selected Bibliography 301
App. B. Glossary 303
App. C Executive Summary of the Shoemaker Report 314
App. D Close Approach Asteroid Data 317
App. E Threats of Death 329
Index 331
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