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New Mexico Museum hosts Asteroid Day event Friday

Eddie Garcia
June 30, 2017 01:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Asteroid fragments, asteroid pictures and even some asteroid virtual reality is being offered Friday night from 5:30 - 10:00 to the public at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.

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The museum is celebrating its first ever Asteroid Day.

Some of the top scientists from around the world are also on hand, giving everyone a closer look.

Dr. Tom Prettyman, senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, is an asteroid expert.

Prettyman oversees part of the Dawn Mission, a spacecraft which is currently in the asteroid belt, billions of miles from earth.

The craft itself is a little larger than a sports car.

"This is a hot rod, it's a very efficient way of getting around the solar system," said Dr. Prettyman.

He's sharing what he's seen firsthand.

"They're fascinating and they tell us something about the history of our solar system - they have a story to tell," said Dr. Prettyman.

While he admits asteroids can threaten life on earth, there's a small chance of it actually happening in our lifetime.

Instead, he hopes to share what humanity can gain from asteroids.

"They may be a resource someday for civilization, so they have water-bearing minerals that we might harvest at some point to make rocket fuel, for example," said Dr. Prettyman.

For more info, click on http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/events/asteroid-day

  Courtesy New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

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