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According to some experts, since it is inevitable that an asteroid or meteor will hit Earth, the U.N. should do something about it

Due to the threat that an asteroid named Apophis poses to the Earth, a group of astronauts, scientists and engineers want the United Nations to have a plan for killer asteroids.  A UN treaty draft dealing with the complicated yet unlikely issue will be drawn up before the end of 2007.  Topics covered in the draft include who would be in charge of deflecting or destroying objects that pose a threat to the planet.  For example, the U.S. Congress has assigned NASA the roll of actively searching for objects that are considered threatening.

Apophis is traveling around 28,000 miles per hour towards Earth, and could hit the planet sometime in 2036, warn space professionals.  Astronomers who are monitoring the asteroid admit that the chances of impact on Earth are extremely low, but recommend proper scenarios should be planned in case it does near Earth around 2036.  

Some experts have vehemently warned that it is only a matter of time before an object such as an asteroid or meteor strikes Earth.  NASA astronaut Edward Lu has gone as far as telling NASA that it should send out a spacecraft designed to be able to attempt to divert asteroids.

NASA is currently monitoring 127 near-Earth objects (NEO) that could pose a threat of hitting the planet.




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