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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.
Last edited by Councilman; 12-31-09 at 06:32 PM.
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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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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