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Published on Mar 20, 2013
A House Science committee grilled NASA, White House and Air Force officials about what they're doing to prevent asteroids from impacting.
"The answer to you is, 'if it's coming in three weeks, pray,'" space agency chief Charles Bolden said, in response to Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), who asked what NASA would do if a large asteroid headed on a collision course with Earth was discovered today with only three weeks before impact.
"The reason I can't do anything in the next three weeks is because for decades we have put it off."