NASA’s Asteroid Data Is Flawed

By Chris Mahon NASA is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to scientific research: Between the Hubble and Chandra telescopes, the multiple Mars rovers rolling across Mars’ surface, and the International Space Station, they’ve pulled in more data about space, the Solar System, and our galaxy than just about anyone else. One of NASA’s proudest accomplishments is the NeoWISE database, a catalog of around 158,000 asteroids and near-Earth objects that lists their diameter and reflectivity. The database is one of the cornerstones of NASA’s ongoing mission to protect the Earth from an asteroid impact, but now the data from NeoWISE has come under fierce criticism from a former Microsoft chief technologist named Dr. Nathan P. Myhrvold, who has accused NASA of using shoddy methods and even doctoring data. Myhrvold is something of a Renaissance man and cross-discipline provocateur: Aside from his gig at Microsoft, he’s published a critically praised […] Read More