White House Science Advisor Sends Letters to Congressional Leaders about Asteroids

In separate 10-page letters to the [**House Committee** ][1]on Science and Technology and the **[Senate Committee][2]** on Commerce, Science and Transportation, **[Dr. John Holdren][3]**, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy outlines plans for _”(A) protecting the United States from a **[near-Earth ][4]object** (**[asteroids and comets][5]**) that is expected to **[collide][6]** with Earth; and (B) [implementing][7] a [deflection campaign][8], in consultation with international bodies, should one be **[necessary][9]**.”_ Dr. Holdren’s letter to each committee is linked above herein.

**[Russell Schweickart][10]**, a former astronaut and former co-chairman of the Task Force on Planetary Defense of the NASA Advisory Council, wrote a **OpEd in_ [The New York Times][11]_** published Oct. 25, 2010.

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[1]: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp-letter-neos-house.pdf [2]: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/ostp-letter-neo-senate.pdf [3]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Holdren [4]: http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2010/08/number-of-asteroids-discovered-grows.html [5]: http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2010/09/david-morrison-asteroid-hunters.html [6]: http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2010/09/something-wicked-this-way-comes.html [7]: http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2010/09/planetary-protection-coordination.html [8]: http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2010/08/asteroids-exploration-or-defense.html [9]: http://spaceports.blogspot.com/2010/05/asteroid-once-struck-heart-of.html [10]: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusty_Schweickart [11]: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/26/opinion/26schweickart.html [12]: https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/24755163-318327157398192825?l=spaceports.blogspot.com [13]: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Spaceports?d=dnMXMwOfBR0 [14]: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Spaceports?a=U_TxVcdLC0I:-mPr_jEqbXw:dnMXMwOfBR0 [15]: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Spaceports?d=qj6IDK7rITs [16]: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Spaceports?a=U_TxVcdLC0I:-mPr_jEqbXw:qj6IDK7rITs [17]: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Spaceports?d=TzevzKxY174 [18]: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/Spaceports?a=U_TxVcdLC0I:-mPr_jEqbXw:TzevzKxY174 [19]: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Spaceports/~4/U_TxVcdLC0I

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