January 4, 2002
I look at an asteroid and see the potential for extracting valuable metal ore more so than a doomsday rock. There will come a time in the deep future in which a space colony will need to be built and it will require more building materials than the earth possesses in regards to housing a population. There is a whole belt revolving around the sun to provide those resources. It just remains to decelerate the asteroids' movements in order to withhold them for mining. It must also be taken into account how far it is to travel to get there.