Posts by Lisa Stark, Mary-Rose Abraham, Ned Potter, Sherisse Pham, Mark Monroy, Jordyn Phelps
- Lisa Stark, Mary-Rose Abraham, Ned Potter, Sherisse Pham, Mark Monroy, Jordyn Phelps at Newsmakers1 yr ago
Ed Lu, who has spent seven months of his life in space, can sometimes sound nonchalant about it. But he’s really not.
"Yes, they managed to kick me off the planet three times," he said in a Newsmakers interview with ABC News and Yahoo! News. Lu, chosen as a NASA astronaut in 1994, flew twice on American space shuttle flights, and then spent six months on the International Space Station.
"It was awesome, best office in the world, view can’t be beat, the work is interesting,” Lu joked. "The food’s good, but it gets boring.”
These days, Lu spends a fair amount of his time worrying about protecting the planet he got to see from afar. Having left NASA in 2007 to work for Google and other technology companies, he is now CEO of the B612 Foundation, a nonprofit group that advocates action to prevent errant asteroids from hitting Earth.
Asteroids? Death from the sky? Yes, says Lu, the chances may be small -- but it’s a small chance of a big catastrophe, and that’s something worth our attention. For the first time in history, we have the technology to detect incoming asteroids -- and, if necessary, deflect them before they do us damage.