Published Dec 05, 2014Brian May, Peter Gabriel and Broken Bells (a.k.a. Danger Mouse and James Mercer) are apparently eager to ensure that humanity doesn't go the way of the dinosaurs, since the famed musicians are among the leading proponents of the 100x Asteroid Declaration, which is campaign for earth to adopt an asteroid-detection system.
Other than the aforementioned musicians, most of the folks backing the campaign come from the science community, with some particularly notable names including Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, television Science Guy Bil Nye, and a few folks from Google. They're attempting to launch Asteroid Day, the first of which will take place on June 30, 2015. The date is significant since the largest asteroid impact in human history took place on June 30, 1908, near Tunguska, Siberia.
It's worth pointing out that, not only is Brian May the guitarist of Queen, he also has a PhD in astrophysics. He said in a press conference on Wednesday (December 3), "The more we learn about asteroid impacts, the clearer it becomes that the human race has been living on borrowed time."
He added, "There are probably a million asteroids in orbit around the sun, but we have tracked only 1 percent of them — about 10,000. And we now have the possibility — probably — to avert a major wipeout of the species."
The 100x Asteroid Declaration has three goals: to employ technology to detect near-Earth asteroids, to increase the tracking of near-Earth asteroids within the next 10 years, and to adopt global Asteroid Day. Learn more about the cause over at AsteroidDay.org.