Fall out so-to-speak continues for filter down from the February 2013 tremendous Russian meteor event. From government studies and hearing on threat evaluation to numerous laboratories giving out reports on discoveries made from analyzing the fragments there is continuing news everyday. There is no doubt that this is the meteorite fall of the last hundred years. It will find a place in history next to the Tunguska event of 1908 as a devastating air burst explosion. Will this be enough to motivate leaders to begin serious work on a global defense system to protect our world from similar and larger cosmic threats? Time will tell. But, it has proved the need to continue the telescopic and photographic search for potential hazard asteroids.
Russian Meteor Shock-wave Video
Larger very dangerous objects must be recognized well in advance of their impact if we are going to alter their course. The fact that the Russian meteoroid was small only the size of a bus makes early detection of similar difficult to find objects a challenge we must overcome. It also demonstrates that even such small bodies hold great potential for damage and injury. With possibly millions of asteroids of similar small size out in our solar system Earth will always be a target. Experts agree that it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when we will be struck by an asteroid.