Saturday, March 2, 2024

Things That Make Sense for Governments to Do

It is an article of faith among some of the ideologically pure libertarians to argue that nothing the government does is legitimately their responsibility or that they add any value to our society.  While there is often merit to these criticisms there are items like this.

2/29/24 SciTech Daily reports on JPL's tracking of an asteroid that came with 1.8 million miles.  While not an immediate hazard, the prospect of a rock several hundred feel across getting close makes me glad that our government operates an office with a title straight out of a Star Trek episode: Planetary Defense Coordination Office.

1 comment:

  1. I wish Government was more serious about's mostly up to amateur astronomers (such as yourself) to find these things.

    And what can the government coordinate? We have no viable way to affect the orbit of a body large enough to kill people.