Snow Targets D.C., Asteroids on Hold

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Mike Davis clears snow from the Millennium Park skating rink on March 5, 2013 in Chicago.

A congressional hearing on asteroid threats has been postponed due to inclement weather.

As Washington girds for the snow from a storm blowing out of the Midwest, with heavy fluff predicted in the dawn hours of the nation’s Capitol tomorrow, all sorts of governmental activity will come to a temporary halt.

House leaders have advised all committees that they want to finish for the week after a 1 p.m. scheduled vote on continuation of government spending through the fiscal year.

So the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee has called off a hearing on U.S. government efforts to track and mitigate asteroids and meteors.

This is serious business.

Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican, noted when the hearing was announced: “The meteor that struck Russia was estimated to be 17 meters, and wasn’t tracked at all. The smaller they are, the harder they are to spot, and yet they can be life-threatening. Some space challenges require innovation, commitment and diligence. This is one of them. ”

Just not on a snow day.

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