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UK plan to track asteroid threat

Posted on Sunday, 2 September, 2007 | Comment icon 8 comments

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"UK space scientists and engineers have designed a mission to investigate a potentially hazardous asteroid."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by GBart the Nerd on 3 September, 2007, 10:03
If only NASA would get in on the act, we could have a little more effective system. I've (very) conservatively estimated the asteroid mentioned to have a mass of about 111 Billion Kg, assuming it's a perfect sphere of solid iron. Barring ridiculously early detection combined with ridiculously accurate path calculations, it would require a massive force to move such an object enough to keep it away from us. I guess it's feasible, but we need to start using nuclear engines. LOX is r******ed. If I remember correctly, using an estimated Isp etc, the space shuttle could be replaced with a nuclear r... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by dcman on 4 September, 2007, 15:56
If only NASA would get in on the act, we could have a little more effective system. It's not NASA getting in on the act it is the military, and the search for planet X no less. Title: The Search for Planet X: Testing Inferences from the Kuiper Cliff Corporate Author: NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD Abstract: The goal of this project was to search a large archive of astronomical CCD imagery to test the validity of arguments regarding the existence of a hypothetical "Planet X." As proposed by Brunini and Melita (2002) this object would be a low inclination Mars-sized body residing in the Kuiper belt ... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Kasaitora on 4 September, 2007, 17:00
If it will eventually hit earth, what would people be able to do to it to stop the impact?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Chokmah on 4 September, 2007, 17:18
If it will eventually hit earth, what would people be able to do to it to stop the impact? BLOW IT UP! YEEEEHAAWWW.
Comment icon #5 Posted by greggK on 6 September, 2007, 0:09
The Chinese may beat that asteroid with their lead paint!
Comment icon #6 Posted by swtp on 6 September, 2007, 4:09
I,m not sure they could stop it,but if it was going to hit us would you want to be told in advance or stay blissfully ignorant till it smacked into us? Personally i don,t want to know about it, i,m already too freaked out about things i have no controle over!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Bella-Angelique on 18 April, 2008, 14:48
April 18, 2008 Apophis asteroid likely to hit Earth says German kid, NASA says otherwise - Image 1It was just recently when German 13-year old school boy named Nico Marquardt has predicted that there was a 1 in 450 chance that the Apophis asteroid will collide with Earth. Marquardt utilized scientific methods such as telescopic findings. Some reports have even went on and mentioned that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or NASA has verified the kid's claims. The asteroid Apophis will come close to Earth on April 13 2029. However, NASA sent out an official press release today sa... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by Raptor on 18 April, 2008, 15:13
BLOW IT UP! YEEEEHAAWWW. Or plant a small propulsive device on it's surface that will gently nudge it from it's path. What? That's fun, too!

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