NASA Wants Meteor Warning System

ABC News' Devin Dwyer explains what the space agency wants to do to protect the country.
1:37 | 03/20/13

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You're watching America this morning -- America's number 1 early morning news. NASA is now sounding the alarm about the dangers of incoming meteors while the head of the space agency calling for a high tech early warning system to protect the country but he says the government's not -- -- the paper. ABC's Devin Dwyer joining us now from Washington with the latest on this 1 good morning -- Good morning John it and that's -- after that major meteor strike in Russia last month scientists now want congress to take action. So that a similar disaster doesn't happen here. NASA chief Charles Bolden was on Capitol Hill yesterday. -- he said that a small meteor that injured more than a thousand people in Russia could have been detected even deflected. If the right equipment was in place he says the US needs new outer space telescopes with infrared technology to track meteors. Because right now there's not much we can do. If you detected. Even a small. Like the one that time detonated 10 -- in Russia. Headed for New York City in three weeks what would we do. The answer to you is if it's coming in three weeks. -- Now that meteor was only about 55 feet long. Experts say the chances of a major catastrophe from the meteor slammed but of course -- are very real now they say there's roughly 101000 small meteors floating around within range of earth. All of those capable of destroying a major US city. On Diane well as scary stuff hi Devin -- in Washington for us this morning thank you.

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