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    Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    MOSCOW – Russia's space agency chief said Wednesday a spacecraft may be dispatched to knock a large asteroid off course and reduce the chances of earth impact, even though U.S. scientists say such a scenario is unlikely.

    Anatoly Perminov told Golos Rossii radio the space agency would hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis. He said his agency might eventually invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project.
    Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid - Yahoo! News

    I think what we all need to know is who the scruffy yet loveable oil riggers they're going to gather for the team are. I think it would be great if we forced Steve Buscemi to go up, as all the while he's screaming, "I...I'm an actor! I don't know anything about astrophysics or controlled detonations!"

    NASA calculated the odds of the asteroid of hitting the earth as 250,000:1. With those odds on our side, should the Russians go up and possibly make things worse some how?

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    NASA calculated the odds of the asteroid of hitting the earth as 250,000:1. With those odds on our side, should the Russians go up and possibly make things worse some how?
    The odds of getting struck by lighting are 1 in 600,000 and yet that does seem to happen.

    As far as astronomical events are concerned, that is really, really close.

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    The odds of getting struck by lighting are 1 in 600,000 and yet that does seem to happen.

    As far as astronomical events are concerned, that is really, really close.
    What's the frequency of lightnings?
    Now what's the frequency of Asteroids around Earth?
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but knowing Russia this might turn into some scramble for gaining an upper-hand over others (read: US.)
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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?
    Good point. But I think when you are talking about a 250 meter wide rock hitting the earth, even a .0004% chance is less than comfortable.

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Good point. But I think when you are talking about a 250 meter wide rock hitting the earth, even a .0004% chance is less than comfortable.
    If they can move it, they can steer it, & that is scary....

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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    The odds of getting struck by lighting are 1 in 600,000 and yet that does seem to happen.

    As far as astronomical events are concerned, that is really, really close.
    So you think the odds are comparable?
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    Quote Originally Posted by CriticalThought View Post
    Good point. But I think when you are talking about a 250 meter wide rock hitting the earth, even a .0004% chance is less than comfortable.
    How about all the ones that came closer that we never knew about? Are you prepared to put you life in the hands of a country that killed millions?
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    Re: Russia may send spacecraft to knock away asteroid

    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 wouldn't support US efforts to do this, though.

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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 wouldn't support US efforts to do this, though.
    Sure. As long as they don't divert a "tiny chance" into a "sure thing."
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