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  Shelf Number   523.5 YEO  
  Author   Yeomans, Donald K.  
  Title   Near-Earth objects : finding them before they find us / Donald K. Yeomans.  
  Edition   Second printing, first paperback printing  with a new preface by the author, 2016  
  Imprint   Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2016, c2013.  
  Collation   xviii, 172 pages :  illustrations ;  24 cm.  
  Bibliography Note   Includes bibliographical references and index.  
  Contents   Contents: Earth’s closest neighbors -- The solar system’s origin : the classical view -- How and where do near-Earth objects form? -- Near-Earth objects as the enablers and destroyers of life -- Discovering and tracking near-Earth objects -- The nature of asteroids and comets -- Nature’s natural resources and the human exploration of our solar system -- Near-Earth objects as threats to Earth -- Predicting the likelihood of an Earth impact -- Deflecting an Earth-threatening near-Earth object.  
  Description   "Of all the natural disasters that could befall us, only an Earth impact by a large comet or asteroid has the potential to end civilization in a single blow. Yet these near-Earth objects also offer tantalizing clues to our solar system’s origins, and someday could even serve as stepping-stones for space exploration. In this book, Donald Yeomans introduces readers to the science of near-Earth objects—its history, applications, and ongoing quest to find near-Earth objects before they find us. In its course around the sun, the Earth passes through a veritable shooting gallery of millions of nearby comets and asteroids. One such asteroid is thought to have plunged into our planet sixty-five million years ago, triggering a global catastrophe that killed off the dinosaurs. Yeomans provides an up-to-date and accessible guide for understanding the threats posed by near-Earth objects, and also explains how early collisions with them delivered the ingredients that made life on Earth possible. He shows how later impacts spurred evolution, allowing only the most adaptable species to thrive—in fact, we humans may owe our very existence to objects that struck our planet. Yeomans takes readers behind the scenes of today’s efforts to find, track, and study near-Earth objects. He shows how the same comets and asteroids most likely to collide with us could also be mined for precious natural resources like water and oxygen, and used as watering holes and fueling stations for expeditions to Mars and the outermost reaches of our solar system."--Publisher.  
  Subjects   Near-Earth objects.  
    Asteroids -- Collisions with Earth.  
    Comets -- Collisions with Earth.  
  ISBN   9780691173337 (paperback)  
  Record Number   000112496  
  Digital Object    cover   
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