Dr Harry Atkinson

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Dr Harry Atkinson, Chairman of the NEO (Near Earth Object) Task Force, holds the only iron meteorite to fall in the UK in April 1876, at the NEO Information Centre, National Space Centre, Leicester. *...The Leicester-based centre will become home to the UK's first Information Centre on Near Earth Objects and is to play a vital role in warning of the risks of earth being hit by asteroids. It will be backed by 300,000 of government funds over the next three years and experts based there will analyse the threat of a direct hit by any of the hundreds of potentially hazardous objects in space so far identified.