NASA still looking for a rock with our name on it…or trying to

NASA has created a new website to provide information about near earth asteroids and the ongoing search for all asteroids that area  threat to Earth.  Apparently they are also doing a bit of self promotion to drum up support for money.  As usual, NASA has not been given enough money to fullfil all its missions, especially their requirement to find all significant Earth crossing asteroids (over 460 ft wide) by 2020.

You can also follow them on twitter at #asteroidwatch, now no one can say your frantic checks for updates are pointless right?

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  1. Ever notice how suface water drainage on soil with fine sediments from 6 feet up looks just like river beds from 5000 feet up. The pattern of erosion and areas of deposit build up are the same. Well look at the Taklamakan desert in China, (N 32.86113 E 68.40088), on any satellite image from Google or ACME mapper 2.0 or what ever you like. Does it look like a glancing blow from a comet or asteroid started directly east of the Taklamakan desert basin finally digging into the Earths crust propelling huge amounts of its dust and mineral deposits as far as Bagdad. What might be buried in the large deposits just west of the Himalayas? Is the sand in this desert different from other desert sands, because it was part of the asteroid or comet? Possible the entire impact site and debris field has been slightly distorted by the Himalayan Mountain Range. Or is it possible this impact happened before the this range was developed by the tectonic plates pushed up in this area creating the Himalayas? Crazy sure, but sometimes things are really what they appear. Ok start laughing and tearing me apart now but I still pose the question and will learn from any and all sources willing to constructively criticize and educate a beginner. Thanks.