Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Russia's space chief said Wednesday his agency will consider sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth.
Anatoly Perminov said the space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized., telling Golos Rossii radio that it would invite , the
When the 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid was first discovered in 2004, astronomers estimated the chances of it smashing into Earth in its first flyby in 2029 were as high as 1-in-37.
Mounting anxiety about their prospects in next year’s elections is suddenly reviving a debate that has split the Democratic Party for a generation: Should it tack to the political middle to claim centrist swing voters or remain true to liberal principles to motivate the base and other change-hungry voters.
“I have grave concern about the constitutionality of this mandate,” Mr. McCollum said. If passed and signed into law, the individual mandate portion of the healthcare legislation would mark the first time Congress has imposed a tax on individuals for essentially doing nothing, he said.
McCollum sent a letter on Tuesday inviting his fellow attorneys general to join his investigation. “I believe our analysis is needed in order to provide Congress our input, and more importantly to protect our states and citizens from a potentially unconstitutional federal mandate,” he wrote in the letter.
The provision is a centerpiece of the healthcare bills currently pending in Congress. Conservative analysts have been debating the legality of the measure for months. Liberal analysts have dismissed these concerns as overblown and political posturing.