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In case an asteroid hurtles towards Earth, there’s a group of scientists who’ve got us covered




The Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona, is seen from a plane Januray 30, 2017.
The Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona, is seen from a plane Januray 30, 2017.
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Nearly 65 million years ago, an asteroid collided with Earth, leading to the extinction of the dinosaurs.

So what’s to stop another rogue asteroid from destroying all we hold dear?

Carrie Nugent’s new book, “Asteroid Hunters,” explores a group of scientists who map the cosmos and search the sky for incoming asteroids. An asteroid hunter herself, Nugent writes about the impact, both figurative and literal, that asteroids have had throughout the years and how calculus and technology could help prevent another disastrous collision.

Guest:

Carrie Nugent, scientist at Caltech/IPAC, author of “Asteroid Hunters

* During this segment we also covered breaking news on President Trump's climate change executive order with LA Times reporter Chris Megerian; he covers California and climate change