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White House: ‘Let’s talk about asteroids’

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Lately, reporters have asked President Obama’s spokesman about the editing of Benghazi talking points, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, the Justice Department’s surveillance of the media — including one Fox News reporter dubbed a “co-conspirator” — and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ push for insurance companies to ‘donate’ towards the implementation of Obamacare.

The White House team suggests another topic for discussion: asteroids. “Let’s talk about asteroids,” says an email from the White House account.

This Friday, an asteroid nearly two miles wide will pass by the Earth. There’s no cause for alarm — even when it’s at its closest, the asteroid will still be 3.6 million miles from our planet. That’s about 15 times farther from us than the Earth is from the Moon.

But we still think it’s a good topic for conversation.

So we’re hosting a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout to talk about asteroids with Bill Nye the Science Guy, former astronaut Ed Lu, NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver, and others. And we’d love for you to join the discussion.

RSVP today, and we’ll send you a reminder before the hangout.

President Obama’s new budget calls on NASA to increase efforts to detect and mitigate potentially hazardous asteroids, and NASA right now is studying a robotic mission to capture and bring a small asteroid into a stable orbit just beyond the Moon. We’ll be talking about all that and more, and we’d love to have you be part of that conversation.

RSVP today, then use the hashtag #WeTheGeeks on Twitter and on Google+, and we’ll answer some of your conversations during the live Hangout.

 

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