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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy View Post
    Here we go then--just what nobody wants to see---

    YouTube- Doomsday Asteroid : Apophis to hit Earth 2029-2036 Scientists Warn
    Maybe the Russians figured out it's going to hit them.
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    It is clear from reading just a few posts from really uninformed people they don't understand how calculations of a possible impact with earth are made, which is where the odds of an actual impart are derived.

    The Russians have a few very intelligent scientists but their over all technology and equipment is severely lacking in many fields. They are just as likely to move this Asteroid into a more dangerous orbit. I would therefore like to see a joint cooperative effort taking place if they are going to mess with something that presents NO EMINENT DANGER.

    Keep in mind that many Asteroids are not solid objects but a cluster of loosely connected fragments made up of any number of smaller objects and not knowing precisely what you're dealing with could be dangerous or even fatal to all life on Earth if broken apart into what could be like a shot gun blast style impact.

    Too many variables and unknown information to be going off half cocked as scientists often do.

    It's like the Hadron Collider only having a very remote possibility of creating a black hole that would eventually eat the earth, and yet they are going ahead with it. I would think that if there is any chance Governments would act to put an end to any thing until they could assure there was no risk. But Scientists will always error on the side of being wackos first and logical and safety second.
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    things in Nature, have a pattern, that has worked for trillions of years. All we have to do, is ride the wave when it gets here. and not try and rush the river. Everything in it's own time.
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Skateguy View Post
    things in Nature, have a pattern, that has worked for trillions of years. All we have to do, is ride the wave when it gets here. and not try and rush the river. Everything in it's own time.
    Tell that to the dinosaurs.

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by idk View Post
    Tell that to the dinosaurs.
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    That would have been the Soviet Union, not the Federation of Russia.
    Oh yeh, that was then, but things are totally different now. Promise.
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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 hundred pound or so "probe" could be sent just ahead of the asteroid and be maneuvered with jets to slowly change the course of the Asteroid after a few years. This uses gravity to draw the asteroid on a course we would want.

    A "probe" could land on the asteroid and with occasional jets of gas could maneuver the asteroid.

    We could send a "probe" to the asteroid the would orbit the asteroid and would have a laser on it and would vaporise bits of the rock causing ejecta causing a change of course.

    those are just three for a asteroid that size.
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    What's the frequency of lightnings?
    Now what's the frequency of Asteroids around Earth?
    And given the frequency of lightning strikes and the fact that there are nearly seven BILLION people on this earth, of course people will get struck when the odds are one in six hundred thousand. However, while there are seven BILLION people, where is only ONE earth. Talk about making irrelevant comparisons.
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