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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    I have been expecting this---what with all the disaster shows on TV. There have been and endless stream of Asteroid and comet Shows, depicting in graphic detail, the end of all living things. I wondered how long before we would be asked to pay for some type of "Save the Planet" type venture.---I say, let um hit--I got beers on ice. "The sky is fallin-the sky is fallin"
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    What on earth has the capability of moving a 250 meter wide rock?
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Harshaw View Post
    Sure. As long as they don't divert a "tiny chance" into a "sure thing."
    That is as unlikely as it is that the asteroid will hit in the first place. Even iff they do they could just hit it again.

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    The learning process for being able to divert asteroids is worth it, as we may end up having to do this for real at some point. I have no worries about the Russians intentions, as its not like they couldn't kill us all without asteroids. The most important thing is to check and re-check all calculations to insure we don't accidentally move it towards us.

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    What on earth has the capability of moving a 250 meter wide rock?
    I can see it happening, but what would happen on it's next orbit?? things are pretty much in sinc now. I'm not sure I would go tampereing with the workings of the universe. ---we don't have a good track record, when it comes to improving on Nature.
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    What on earth has the capability of moving a 250 meter wide rock?
    If they knock it off course by a few degrees or slow it by a few mph that over the course of a couple of decades would be enough to make it miss. Space is very big and earth is very small. Making things not hit earth is not all that difficult given sufficient warning. The downside is that if an extinction-level asteroid ever does hit earth while humans are alive the first sign we're going to get will likely be when it enters the atmosphere

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Kernel Sanders View Post
    The odds will drop to zero as more measurements are taken. Still, if Russia is willing to spend the money, I'd support them. It would be useful to see the effectiveness of such a tactic in case something actually does happen with a different asteroid.
    I can go with this.


    I wouldn't support US efforts to do this, though.
    Why not?
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    What on earth has the capability of moving a 250 meter wide rock?
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Strucky View Post
    I can go with this.




    Why not?
    Waste of money. The asteroid will not hit earth. I'm fine with russia wasting their money on an interesting experiment, though

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    What on earth has the capability of moving a 250 meter wide rock?
    A 251 meter wide rock.
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