The future of the human species is tied in a very deep way to the coming and passing of Asteroids and Comets. While the impact of an Asteroid or Comet poses a major threat to our global civilization, these objects hold tremendous promise as sources of raw materials in the not to distant future as we pave the path to becoming a spacefaring civilization. These objects may also hold the key not only to the long term survival of the human species but, in also understanding the origin of the solar system and the Origin of Life on Earth and elsewhere in the universe.
Theories of Mass Extinction
Doomsday 65 Million Years Ago.
Current Research on the Treat of Impact
Terrestrial Impact Craters
Of various Near-Earth objects and comets.
Tables of past and future close approaches to the Earth.
Impact Structures (list)
Nice atlas with maps and images.
Comet & Minor Planet - ephemerides, star chart and free software for observers.
Comets and Meteor Showers
and Meteors Workshop
3D Comet Impact Simulations - what would
happen if a comet the size of the largest fragment of Comet Shoemaker-Levy
that crashed into Jupiter in 1994 were to strike the earth? Find out here.
Pictures of Comets
Minor Planet Center - operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, under the auspices of Commission 20 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
Minor Planets and Comets
Information about Comets
Rock & Roll Minor Planets - actual minor planets names after actual classic rock stars.
Scientific American: Bang and Splat - A supercomputer anticipates the catastrophic impact of a giant comet.
SKY Online's Comet Page
Comets - A series of spectacular images
produced by cameras on NASA's Polar spacecraft have confirmed that Earth
is being pelted by thousands of small comets each day.
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 Collision With Jupiter.
Space 4 Mission - designed to perform
the first landing of scientific instruments on the surface of a cometary
Activities about cosmic collisons by Sally Stephens of PASP.
Comet's Tale, The - self guided module, classroom activity and interactive learning game. Includes instructions on how to make a comet in the classroom.
What is a Meteorite?
Meteorite Central - site offers meteorite information, educational articles, a mailing list, chat room, and meteorites for sale.
Meteorite and Impacts Advisory Committee
Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET)
Antarctic Meteorite News
International Meteor Organization
Dutch Meteor Society
- Norwegian Astronomical Society
Anomalous Meteor Phenomena
The Meteorite Exchange
Tunguska : June 30th, 1908
Planetary Defense Against Asteroids and Comets
ASTRONET- Asteroid Tracking, Reconnaissance and Observation Network. This is a Multimedia Site devoted To the Many Options of Planetary Defence against Asteroids. A Great , Great Site!!!
Bottke's Asteroid Research
Asteroids and Comets in Humanity's
Future - The Role of Asteroids and Comets in Building
a Spacefaring Civilization
NEAP Spacecraft appoaching an Asteroid.
This is a mission Sponcered by The SpaceDev Corporation.
The Space Development Corporation.
Mike Combs' Space Settlement Page.
of Arizona - NASA Space Engineering Research Center - The
home of In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technology. Our research emphasis
is on developing usefull technologies for the utilization of natural resources
on the Moon, Mars and asteroids.
NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) Mission.
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