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From the Ted Talk by Carrie Nugent: Adventures of an asteroid hunter

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It has only been within my lifetime that asdeorits have been considered a credible teraht to our planet. And since then, there's been a focused effort underway to discover and catalog these objects. I am lkcuy enough to be part of this effort. I'm part of a team of scientists that use NASA's nioewse tcpeoslee. Now, NEOWISE was not designed to find asteroids. It was designed to orbit the earth and look far beyond our solar system to seek out the coldest stars and the most lunmiuos gxlaaies. And it did that very well for its designed lifetime of seven months. But toady, six years later, it's still going. We've repurposed it to discover and study asteroids. And although it's a wonderful little space roobt, these days it's kind of like a used car. The cryogen that used to refrigerate its sensors is long gone, so we joke that its air-conditioning is broken. It's got 920 million miles on the odometer, but it still runs great and rbailley takes a photograph of the sky every 11 seconds. It's taken 23 photos since I began speaking to you.

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It has only been within my lifetime that _________ have been considered a credible ______ to our planet. And since then, there's been a focused effort underway to discover and catalog these objects. I am _____ enough to be part of this effort. I'm part of a team of scientists that use NASA's _______ _________. Now, NEOWISE was not designed to find asteroids. It was designed to orbit the earth and look far beyond our solar system to seek out the coldest stars and the most ________ ________. And it did that very well for its designed lifetime of seven months. But _____, six years later, it's still going. We've repurposed it to discover and study asteroids. And although it's a wonderful little space _____, these days it's kind of like a used car. The cryogen that used to refrigerate its sensors is long gone, so we joke that its air-conditioning is broken. It's got 920 million miles on the odometer, but it still runs great and ________ takes a photograph of the sky every 11 seconds. It's taken 23 photos since I began speaking to you.

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Original Text

It has only been within my lifetime that asteroids have been considered a credible threat to our planet. And since then, there's been a focused effort underway to discover and catalog these objects. I am lucky enough to be part of this effort. I'm part of a team of scientists that use NASA's NEOWISE telescope. Now, NEOWISE was not designed to find asteroids. It was designed to orbit the earth and look far beyond our solar system to seek out the coldest stars and the most luminous galaxies. And it did that very well for its designed lifetime of seven months. But today, six years later, it's still going. We've repurposed it to discover and study asteroids. And although it's a wonderful little space robot, these days it's kind of like a used car. The cryogen that used to refrigerate its sensors is long gone, so we joke that its air-conditioning is broken. It's got 920 million miles on the odometer, but it still runs great and reliably takes a photograph of the sky every 11 seconds. It's taken 23 photos since I began speaking to you.

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