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NASA’s Front-Line Defense Against Killer Rocks From Space

THE SOLAR SYSTEM Dynamics group of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab is, as physicist Marina Brozovic explains, is like “flight control for the solar system.” Basically, it’s the best line of defense between you and the flaming chunks of space rock hurtling toward Earth pretty much all the time. Even though major collisions might seem like something that only affects the distant past or remote areas—a headache for T-Rexes and Russians, but not you—the fact that more population centers haven’t been in harm’s way so far is basically down to random chance.

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