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'Humans are sitting ducks'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, February 16, 2013
First Published: 23:24 IST(16/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:27 IST(16/2/2013)

A day after over 1,000 people were injured after a meteor weighing about 10tonnes exploded over the Ural Mountains in Siberia on Friday, scientists, including NASA's Amitabha Ghosh - the Washington-based Indian who was a part of the Mars mission - warned that humans are sitting ducks for such 'cosmological bullets' because very little is known about them.

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"There are millions of such small rocks, which might hit the earth anytime. And the worst part is that we have no information about them," said Ghosh.

Heavy-impact asteroid hits have occurred only around 10 times since the earth was formed. One of them is believed to have wiped out dinosaurs.


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