Working to protect Earth from asteroids, a non-profit foundation can’t raise enough money

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„B612 is an organization that works towards protecting the Earth from asteroid impacts and informing and forwarding world-wide decision-making on planetary defense issues,” their self defined mission appears to be. They warned that is a 100 percent certainty that a giant asteroid capable of wiping out all or most of life on Earth will strike our planet. The only real question is when it will happen, they say. It is tough to spot all the asteroids floating around in space, at least with enough of a time frame to do something about them, and also we still really do not have any way to deal with them at the moment.T he B612 Foundation is working to provide solutions. It may be something called a “gravity tractor” that would tug the asteroid on a different course.

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The Sentinel Project (artistic image)

The non-profit foundation considers also to build, launch, and operate the first privately funded deep space mission, a space telescope in orbit around the Sun that will map the inner Solar System in search of asteroids that could impact Earth. NASA had a Space Act Agreement with the foundation to help develop the vehicle without giving out any money bur terminated the agreement as the B612 Foundation hasn’t even started development on their spacecraft. The delays are likely the result of slow fundraising. The cost of the mission is estimated to be $450 million but the organization only raised $1.2 million in 2012 and $1.6 million in 2013. It seems like humans don’t believe in danger from space.

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