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#1    william joseph

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Posted 16 February 2013 - 07:42 PM

http://news.yahoo.co...-215440387.html

Novel idea


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Posted 16 February 2013 - 08:03 PM

Rumors started as soon as that popped up on the web as what a wonderful way to begin the weaponizing of space. I hope these types of ideas are thoroughly thought through before any testing/building occurs. We only need one maybe two systems that will work and they need to be good. So take the time to make sound decisions and Im on board. Good idea.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:38 PM

This was a conspiracy theory wasn't it? An attack from space would lead to the arming of the moon?

Hmmm.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 12:55 PM

strange, how the meteorite went from being 'a couple of metres' across, to 50ft across. in my book, a couple of metres is six feet, not fifty!
who did the maths on this thing, forrest gump??
a 50ft meteorite would've done more than break a few windows I reckon, and I wonder what kind of TARDIS effect allowed a 50ft object to fit inside a 16ft crater.....?


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:04 PM

View Postshrooma, on 17 February 2013 - 12:55 PM, said:

strange, how the meteorite went from being 'a couple of metres' across, to 50ft across. in my book, a couple of metres is six feet, not fifty!
who did the maths on this thing, forrest gump??
a 50ft meteorite would've done more than break a few windows I reckon, and I wonder what kind of TARDIS effect allowed a 50ft object to fit inside a 16ft crater.....?
It did, a roof fell and a building's brickwards went inwards


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:48 PM

View PostThe New Richard Nixon, on 17 February 2013 - 02:04 PM, said:


It did, a roof fell and a building's brickwards went inwards
I do more damage than that at parties!!
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

Judging by the reports so far, the space rock that exploded over Russia was probably in the range of 16 feet to 33 feet (5 meters to 10 meters) in diameter.


Compare that with the Tunguska object (from back in 1908) who was an estimated 130 feet (40 m) in diameter,... A 50-meter object is 1000 times as big in terms of explosive energy than a 5-meter object. About a thousand times the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 04:57 PM

the report on this thread, from yahoo news, said the object was 50ft in diameter, which is a loooong way from the initial '2m' it was judged to be.
so reports have gone from 6ft, to 16ft, to 50ft, who's reporting on this thing, fishermen??
it's like the daftest game of chinese whispers i've ever heard, and i've studied politician's expenses claims.....
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:06 PM

A meteor explosion over Russia injured hundreds of people today (Feb. 15), just hours before an asteroid about half the size of a football field gave Earth an extremely close shave, catapulting the need to protect our home planet from hazardous space rocks into the spotlight.


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BUT how are they going to protect us when they never even saw it coming?
Apparently this piece of rock was not from an asteroid near us, they do not know where it came from. So how are we going to be protected?


As we have seen on the other thread, it was not possible to detect this meteorite!!!  they have not seen the asteroid it came from originally, So are they going to target asteroids at the edge of our solar system? I doubt it!

Edited by freetoroam, 17 February 2013 - 05:09 PM.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 05:18 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 17 February 2013 - 05:06 PM, said:

BUT how are they going to protect us when they never even saw it coming?
Apparently this piece of rock was not from an asteroid near us, they do not know where it came from. So how are we going to be protected?


As we have seen on the other thread, it was not possible to detect this meteorite!!!  they have not seen the asteroid it came from originally, So are they going to target asteroids at the edge of our solar system? I doubt it!

maybe now, NASA'll do the right thing and build a fleet of X-wings so we can just zoom out there and blast 'em in situ?
I guess a Death Star is a little beyond their funding atm.....
(Ps, 'english is my bestest'?? surely you can do MUCH betterer than that?! I mean, which school did you went to for goodness sakes!!)
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 06:48 PM

View Postshrooma, on 17 February 2013 - 05:18 PM, said:

maybe now, NASA'll do the right thing and build a fleet of X-wings so we can just zoom out there and blast 'em in situ?
I guess a Death Star is a little beyond their funding atm.....
(Ps, 'english is my bestest'?? surely you can do MUCH betterer than that?! I mean, which school did you went to for goodness sakes!!)
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i really would much rather someone spend the money on getting rid of the nuclear weapons which are popping up all over the joint.
Thats where the real danger lies.

Funny really, they were all watching the DA14 and on the other side of the world we were getting bombarded with "small rocks" no one knew they were coming or where they came from.


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

due to my penchant for truly horrible shirts, I get bombarded with small rocks all the time!
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Posted 17 February 2013 - 08:29 PM

DE-STAR 2, DE-STAR 3? No, no, no! DEATH STAR. There goes asteroid Alderaan. Get with the program!


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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:11 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 17 February 2013 - 05:06 PM, said:

BUT how are they going to protect us when they never even saw it coming?
Apparently this piece of rock was not from an asteroid near us, they do not know where it came from. So how are we going to be protected?
The same way that we are protected from earthquakes we can't predict and hurricanes we can't destroy. Mankind is not omnipotent and life comes with risks.

View Postfreetoroam, on 17 February 2013 - 05:06 PM, said:

As we have seen on the other thread, it was not possible to detect this meteorite!!!  they have not seen the asteroid it came from originally,
What asteroid it came from originally? There is no evidence that it came from a larger object.

View Postfreetoroam, on 17 February 2013 - 05:06 PM, said:

So are they going to target asteroids at the edge of our solar system? I doubt it!
Firstly asteroids don't come from the edge of the solar system. Most of them orbit between Mars and Jupiter, but they are no threat to us.
Secondly, asteroids as small as the one that exploded above Russia are not the biggest threat. It is larger objects which can survive all the way through the atmosphere that would cause global catastrophe. It is possible to detect these and there are several projects around the world to do precisely that.

There are also many ideas for how to deflect or destroy an asteroid that posses a threat.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

View PostWaspie_Dwarf, on 17 February 2013 - 09:11 PM, said:

The same way that we are protected from earthquakes we can't predict and hurricanes we can't destroy. Mankind is not omnipotent and life comes with risks.

I agree, thats why i am saying there is no way they can protect us fully.


What asteroid it came from originally? There is no evidence that it came from a larger object.

You are right. Is there evidence it did not either?
So its not a meteorite then, cos i was told the meteorites come from asteroids and are only called meteorites when they enter Earths orbit.



Firstly asteroids don't come from the edge of the solar system. Most of them orbit between Mars and Jupiter, but they are no threat to us.
Secondly, asteroids as small as the one that exploded above Russia are not the biggest threat. It is larger objects which can survive all the way through the atmosphere that would cause global catastrophe. It is possible to detect these and there are several projects around the world to do precisely that.

The one which exploded over Russia was a meteorite?  or an asteroid??

There are also many ideas for how to deflect or destroy an asteroid that posses a threat.


In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.




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