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Is Earth vulnerable to threats from space ?


Posted on Friday, 4 October, 2013 | Comment icon 55 comments

Is NASA still looking out for asteroid threats ? Image Credit: NASA
Concerns have been raised regarding our potential to defend against everything from asteroids to ET.
Internet users who logged on to Twitter to view NASA's asteroid watch news feed this week were surprised to find that it had been taken off-line due to the US government shutdown which has also seen NASA's home page and other services suspended as well.

Many argued that the move was irresponsible and that it had left the planet open to a possible asteroid threat, but scientists were quick to allay fears by emphasizing that only the Twitter account was suspended and that the actual search itself will carry on regardless, we simply won't see any updates until the shutdown is over.

Concerns were also raised this week however in Russia during a conference at the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre near Moscow. When asked about a threat from a hostile alien race, deputy chief Sergey Berezhnoy responded by suggesting that there wasn't much they could do to defend against it.

"So far we are not capable of that. We are unfortunately not ready to fight extraterrestrial civilizations," he said. "Our centre was not tasked with it. There are too many problems on Earth and near it."

So should we be worried about threats to our planet from outer space ? Generally no, as far as threats go, we have far more to worry about regarding events here on Earth than we do about the infinitesimally small chance of an extinction asteroid impact or an invasion by a hostile alien species.

Source: Independent | Comments (55)

Tags: Earth, Extraterrestrial, Asteroid


 
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Comment icon #46 Posted by seeder on 5 October, 2013, 10:43
Like the huge Russian meteor that come storming in, largely undetected until it hit the atmosphere, there was no warning there, nothing could be done at all, and luckily, it exploded in the atmosphere with chunks raining down on people. Imagine a direct hit like that on a city. Plus we dont have anything to worry about with comet ison, my only worry is - will the skies be clear enough for me to see it
Comment icon #47 Posted by qxcontinuum on 5 October, 2013, 15:13
If an alien race is making it to earth they are not after peace. Everything in the universe is based on conquer and assimilate from the cosmic dust to galaxies. Matter is swallowed by antimatter. Galaxies are eating galaxies. Larger black holes are assimilating smaller ones. On earth we already know. Even grass is feeding on mineral crystals... So i don't personally think aliens will come over shaking our hands and giving out their technologies helping humans becoming smarter as they are. What will be the point of doing so... Nirvana are they Buddhist? The fact they become supreme on thei... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by Mike G on 5 October, 2013, 15:24
Goodness, did you bother to look at your source? The "Independent"? really...
Comment icon #49 Posted by seeder on 5 October, 2013, 16:17
another near miss just a few days ago, an object came in under the satelites http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=255747&hl=
Comment icon #50 Posted by joz48 on 5 October, 2013, 16:31
I have a cunning plan
Comment icon #51 Posted by pallidin on 6 October, 2013, 2:26
As addressed long ago before by Moderator's. UM is a "family friendly site" which means certain words are not allowed, as children are likely to view this site. Most of it's done by a computer "auto-asterisk" on key words, other times they slip through and eventually get deleted by Mods. "Clean language" is preferred on this site, given it's audience.
Comment icon #52 Posted by DONTEATUS on 6 October, 2013, 3:39
Agreed ! Back on Topic ,and sanity please ! We All Know Russia has not the resources to defend themselfs or a Planet for sure ! THe Really bad News Is Nobody on this Planet could protect us from a Race that could make it here. Think of it like us wiping out a Ant Mound with our Foot or Garden Hose. THey Would just drop off a little bug that killed us all of in a day or two ! THen neturalize it so they could Take over. OR Just Beam us right on up into there Deep Smokers and Serv Man!
Comment icon #53 Posted by SkepticalB on 6 October, 2013, 4:21
Ive always figured that our planet to an alien race would at best be a curiosity like we see tribes who have never seen technology. at worst, we'd be a squirrel they run over in the road.
Comment icon #54 Posted by DONTEATUS on 6 October, 2013, 21:51
Or put a By-pass through the Solar System !
Comment icon #55 Posted by ambelamba on 7 October, 2013, 21:46
If aliens are planning to invade us then it's quite possible that they know a lot about us.


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