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Asteroid : Earth Destroyer Or New Frontier? - Patricia Barnes-Svarney


Earth Destroyer Or New Frontier?

Paperback Published: 1st August 2003
ISBN: 9780738208855
Number Of Pages: 304

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Asteroids sling through space, celestial debris of diverse origins: leftovers from the formation of the solar system, broken offshoots of parental asteroids, or comets that have lost their glow. For the first time in a popular book, Patricia Barnes-Svarney discloses how some asteroids - rich in precious minerals such as gold and platinum - may one day be lassoed and mined by man. She also explores how the natural resources that abound in some asteroids could possibly support human life, leading to their colonization and use as space stations. One day, too, they may reveal to us the secrets of the origins of life.

Introductionp. 1
Major Minor Planetsp. 9
Tighten the Beltp. 25
The Planet that Never Was?p. 42
Shape of Things to Comep. 56
Composing Minor Planetsp. 75
Findings from Afarp. 92
Cometary Cousinsp. 116
What Else Is Out There?p. 133
The Scarred and Cratered Earthp. 152
Fighting Extinctionsp. 180
Blaming It on Impactsp. 194
Noticing Near-Earthersp. 210
Imagining "What If?"p. 223
The Hunt and the Huntedp. 242
Resources for the Futurep. 260
Epilogue: Can We Become the Watchers?p. 273
Appendixp. 277
Endnotesp. 280
Selected Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9780738208855
ISBN-10: 073820885X
Series: Earth Destroyer or New Frontier?
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st August 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1