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Near-Earth Asteroids and the Asteroid Belt

Lecture no. 10 from the course: A Field Guide to the Planets

Near-Earth Asteroids and the Asteroid Belt

Taught by Professor Sabine Stanley | 33 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

Fans of science fiction, or the natural history of our planet, know that a collision with an asteroid has the potential to obliterate civilization as we know it. With 20,000 asteroids identified in near-Earth orbit, how can collision be avoided? Learn why these rocky bodies, and those in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, never accreted into planets and how we might harness their resources for future space travel.

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