We're all gonna die!
We're all gonna die!
I can't wait until I can say, "I told you so."
"But seriously, folks".
The most, er, striking thing about Chelyabinsk is how small the meteorite was. Way too small to be detected even by our, American, current monitoring systems. Of course, composition of the rock is just as important in determining its destructive potential. A big one that burns out in the upper atmosphere is no more than a pretty light show; a smaller one that goes kaboom right over our heads...
Political implications are clear. In Russia, it took them approximately one day to come up with a number: 58 billion roubles over 10 years, for a national meteorite-watching space-based network. The proposal is supposed to be on the desk of a deputy PM already.
I am pretty sure that various upgrades to our own existing capacities (perpetually proposed by interested parties) will get a higher chance of funding now.
The question is, how do we estimate cost-benefits here?
The system is quite simple, really: a bunch of hard material objects are floating out there, our ability to detect them is proportional to investment - elementary, in comparison with any economic, ecological or "climate change" problem.
And yet: If, after spending a zillion quadrillion dollars on developing a most excellent fleet of monitoring satellites that successfully detect anything over 20 meters in diameter, we get Manhattan leveled by a Chelyabinsk-sized meteorite (15 m) - what is our next step? Exponentially spending more, until all our resources are dedicated to the one noble passion of meteorite spotting?
Or is it because I'm a " incontinent horse face " ?
I swear to all that is holy that Obvious Child sent me a PM and called me a "incontinent horseface".
Is he/she a child or what ? I'm guessing English is not he/she's first language.
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"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.