HOUSTON — The Association of Space Explorers (ASE), a nonprofit that represents experienced space travelers from 35 countries, is urging the international community to launch an asteroid deflection demonstration mission through the United Nations within a decade. The group is also recommending steps to deal with the threat posed by small, undetected — but still destructive — near-Earth objects (NEOs). The call from the 28-year-old ASE for five new defensive measures builds on ...

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