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MIT develops asteroid strike 'decision map'

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Seti42

Removing an asteroid from a likely collision course is a good idea. I don't think we'll ever actually do it...But it's a good idea.

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Crikey
18 hours ago, UM-Bot said:

Scientists have come up with a way to decide upon the best response to an incoming apocalyptic asteroid.

My personal response would be to duck and run like hell in a crouched position..

PS- Here are some anti-asteroid interception ideas in survival forums-

1- KINETIC IMPACTOR: a spacecraft that would deliberately crash into an asteroid at high velocity in an effort to alter its trajectory.

2- GRAVITY TRACTOR: a spacecraft that will fly alongside the asteroid for a period and exert a gravitational effect on it.

3- LASER KETTLE: a spacecraft flies alongside an asteroid and uses lasers to heat its surface generating a plume of gas and debris that gives the asteroid a subtle push.

4- ATTACHING ROCKET: attaching a rocket to the asteroid.

5- SHREDDER: placing an automated "mass ejector" system on the surface of the asteroid that would extract mass from the rock and eject it into space, again giving the object a steady push.

6- NUKE BOMB SHOCK WAVE: a nuclear charge is detonated at a certain distance from the object causing a flow of radiation that will vaporise the asteroid’s surface and push it into a different orbit);

7- NUKE BOMB IMPLANT: as used by Bruce Willis in the film Armageddon by burying a giant bomb beneath the surface and blasting the asteroid to smithereens.

https://www.theengineer.co.uk/protecting-planet-large-meteor-strikes/

 

Harmless ones  like this 1972 baby over the Rockies we can forget about..

meteor-earthgrazer1972.jpg

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NCC1701

If you are really worried about a devastating asteroid impact then it is a good thing to visit a psychiatrist. Cheaper than to spend 10xxxxx $ to prevent something that very very probably will never happen in our lifetime.

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Waspie_Dwarf
26 minutes ago, NCC1701 said:

If you are really worried about a devastating asteroid impact then it is a good thing to visit a psychiatrist. Cheaper than to spend 10xxxxx $ to prevent something that very very probably will never happen in our lifetime.

I would suggest that people that are not prepared to risk the lives to millions of people to an avoidable tragedy because it, "very probably won't happen in our life time", are probably not the ones in need of psychiatric help.

The threats from meteorite impacts are very, VERY real. Have you already forgotten Chelyabinsk? Just seven years ago a SMALL meteor exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk and lead to injuries to 1,491 people and caused damage estimated as $33 million (U.S.)

The entire point of working out how best to deflect a dangerous asteroid now is that the longer the warning the easier it is to deflect and the more likely the success rate. Waiting until the impact is imminent is leaving it too long.

Whilst it is true that there are no asteroids capable of causing a mass extinction on a collision course with Earth in the next 100 years, an impact from one is inevitable. But, as Chelyabinsk proved, these massive asteroids are not the only threat. An asteroid a little larger than the Chelyabinsk object exploding over a major city could lead to tens or hundreds of thousands of casualties. To have the capability to prevent a catastrophe and do nothing about it would be criminal.

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freetoroam
3 hours ago, NCC1701 said:

If you are really worried about a devastating asteroid impact then it is a good thing to visit a psychiatrist. Cheaper than to spend 10xxxxx $ to prevent something that very very probably will never happen in our lifetime.

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Will not put the past hits and there are too many to list. Some within our lifetime.

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